Darby Marching Band does an outstanding job in competitions
The Darby Marching Band has participated in multiple completions recently, and have come away with impressive results.
To start off the the competition season, the band had a draining double header. They began with a two-hour practice at Darby to warm-up, and then traveled to the first competition. Overall for the day, Darby’s band was named grand champions at both competitions, and came away with thirteen trophies.
The next weekend, the band had a fierce head-to-head match up in Piqua against a rival band Grove City. It was a great competition, as it was between two of the best bands in central Ohio. In the end, Darby came up short by three points, or one percentage point.
Although it was a loss, the Piqua competition served as a warm-up for the next competition in Tri-Valley. Freshman Emily Bradley described the band’s performance in Tri-Valley.
“We got the best score that Darby has ever scored,” Bradley said.
That score was a 273.35 out of 300, a score good enough to make Darby the Reserve Grand Champions, behind only Pickerington North.
The Tri-Valley competition was the last competition before the state competition and arguably the most important competition of the year. Bradley described how the band is preparing for their final show.
“[Band Director Jeremy] Kozman is going to be working [hard] for us to get that extra one percent…we’re still going to have ‘during lunch’ practices, were still going to have after school practices…but he’s going to be working us really, really hard to try and make sure that we are as good as we can get,” Bradley explained.
The idea that there is room for improvement has been echoed among most band members, so everyone is working hard in anticipation for states. If the band can do their best in this upcoming event, they could be winning some major awards over the Halloween weekend.