To say that Finneytown Marching Band had an outstanding season seems to be an understatement given the hardware they’ve brought home in the past several weeks. They are coming off this past weekend of winning first place in the Mid-States Preliminary Competition and taking fourth place in the Mid-States Finals. This is an outstanding accomplishment since this is the first time in school history that Finneytown has even qualified for Mid-States Finals competition. They outperformed 20 other AAA marching bands to win the first place title in preliminaries. Additionally, they earned Best Overall Music and General Effect as well as earning a spot as one of the Top 5 AAA bands in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This is truly a major accomplishment!
Furthermore, this “little band that could” has earned two Grand Champion titles, a Superior Rating with the Ohio Music Education Marching Band Association, which is the highest rating possible, several Best Percussion titles, and Best Music and General Effect at OMEA competitions and Mid-States regional competitions. They also earned Best Overall Music and Best General Effect at the Midstates Preliminary and Finals competitions. They set school history records with each win.
Finneytown Marching Band is such a small band with 89 students participating, however, this hasn’t slowed them down in the least. In fact, of the 89 students, 45 of them also play sports. They are even more determined to compete with the best and be the best they can. Though many top ranking marching bands don’t allow students to participate in other activities, Finneytown does. This allows students to develop a well-rounded education as well as strong organizational and time-management skills to balance their activities and academics.
As with any strong academic and school program, the students and marching band staff couldn’t do this without the support of Finneytown administration, teachers, staff, parents, fellow students, and the community. Over 60 parents have volunteered their time over the course of the marching band season to support their students and the band staff. Finneytown is honored to have such strong support from parents and community members. Tina Wuorinen, current band parent and on the Band Boosters Board stated, “Finneytown provides students with unique opportunities to be involved in a variety of activities. The students in marching band have worked really hard, both as individuals and a group, and they have achieved high rewards. It takes a team to make this happen, including the students, staff, and parents. I am proud of all they have accomplished, and honored to be a band mom.”
Superintendent Terri Noe said, “Each time they competed this year, they got better and better. From my office I see and hear them practicing. I see the hours they and the staff commit. It is so satisfying to see this hard work, dedication, and effort pay off with such high recognition. I am proud of my students every day, but, this puts a cherry on top!”