The start of a marching band season to remember

The first Friday night football game of the season was also home to the marching band’s first performance in front of an audience.

  Marching Band director, Jeremy Kozman, is hopeful for the season after Friday night’s performance.

  “Halftime wasn’t perfect, but for the first performance in front of an audience, I thought it went great!” Kozman said, “I am very happy with how the band performed.”

  With the band’s first competition coming up in less than a month, Kozman is very optimistic that the band will perform at the level that they need to in order to receive superior ratings, which is the highest rating a marching band can get at an OMEA, Ohio Music Education Association, competition.

  “We practice 8-9 hours a week, which is enough to accomplish our goals if we rehearse efficiently and work hard,” Kozman said.   

  Since last season was such a success, and the band received all superior ratings at every competition, Kozman has high hopes for this competition season.

  “We were able to earn all superiors at our competitions last year because we had excellent musicians and strong leadership. We have carried that into this year, and if our student leaders continue to do an outstanding job, I look forward to a great season,” Kozman elaborated.

  The Hilliard Darby Color guard is also expected to have an outstanding year. Within the last few years, the Darby Color Guard has risen to be one of the best Color Guards in the state of Ohio, under the direction of coaches Lou Crognale, Erica Conley, and Alexx Freeman. Senior guard member, Lillian Barlow, is excited for this season.

   “It’s an opportunity to show how hard we’ve been working. We have a lot of new and returning members that have been working tirelessly all summer to get this show together, and I believe that work will pay off.”

   This Friday, September 1st, the marching band will perform again during the halftime of the Darby vs. Davidson game, in front of the largest crowd expected this football season for Darby.


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