PIQUA — It would seem to be appropriate to call the Pride of Piqua Marching Band number one, with all of the “1” ratings they have been earning from Ohio Music Educator Association (OMEA) invitationals.
Over the past weekend, the band won grand champion at the New Bremen Cardinal Invitational, with straight “1” ratings in best overall visual, best overall music, and best overall percussion. They were first in Class A/B and won best percussion.
To qualify for state, the band needed at least four “1” ratings — they surpassed that requirement by earning seven.
Also earlier in the marching season, the band received five “1” ratings and placed first in Class A at the Northwestern High School Invitational.
“It’s just nice to see (band members) have the opportunity to be grand champions at a show,” Director Mitch Mahaney said. “It kind of makes them feel that they are really doing something worthwhile and it’s something they can be proud of.”
When the band members hear their names announced for placing or high ratings, Mahaney said there is always a mix of emotions.
“That’s a neat pay off for us as directors being able to see them have that kind of reaction and see that they have done something very well,” he said. Mahaney said that with the hard work and good attitude the band exhibited, he knew it was going to be a great season.
The next OMEA invitational will be hosted at Alexander Stadium this Saturday, featuring 18 bands from Columbus, Cincinnati, and surrounding areas. The invitational will start at 4:45 p.m. with Lehman High School and the last performance by Pride of Piqua. Following the performance will be an award ceremony.
The band will also participate in the upcoming Halloween parade and will go to state on Nov. 1 at Welcome Stadium at the University of Dayton, where they will perform at 5:30 p.m. (time is subject to change). The band will switch to concert mode and will be prepping for their Christmas performance on Dec. 14.
“We’re really proud of the kids and proud to be a part of the whole thing,” Mahaney said.
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