The Finneytown High School Marching Band, The Marching Wildcats, won class AAAA at the Taylor Invitational Competition over the weekend. They earned first place in each of the AAAA class categories such as Best Percussion, Color Guard, Music, Visual and General Effect. As a result, they obtained the title “Reserve Grand Champion” overall, which is an awesome accomplishment for such a small school.
The students’ hard work allowed them to earn the highest titles among larger bands, such as Oak Hills High School and Forest Hills High School Band, both of which have larger budgets, and a band size of over 275 members.
The Marching Wildcats have amazing support from their parents, staff, and school alumni. A judge commented on how awesome it was to hear such a large group of parents cheering for the band. “Honestly, when I looked up in the stands, at the start of the show, I could not help but feel pride as a Finneytown teacher to hear our parents roar for our students,” stated Mike Kennedy, The Marching Wildcats Band Director.
Superintendent Terri Noe commented that she cannot get over the talent Finneytown has. “Our band is amazing. Even more amazing is the fact that we have so much talent in such a small district. Our staff really brings out the best in these students!”