And just like that the drums go quiet, the trumpets and trombones silent, the flutes and clarinets still, and the Finneytown Marching Band season comes to an end. The concluding contest, Mid-States Final, is over. During the course of the season, The Marching Wildcats earned Reserve Grand Champion or first place in three AAAA competitions, 3rd and 4th place in two contests, and 10th place at Mid-States Finals which included over 20 larger marching bands from the area. Additionally, they won Best Visual, Best General Effect, Best Music twice and Best Percussion, Best Guard once. Finneytown is one of the smaller bands participating but have proven their might by powering through even with less resources available to them. They grew tremendously both musically and visually through the year as they gained confidence and faced more challenging competitors. Throughout the season, they competed with tristate bands twice their size, and earned higher points than many of them.
Furthermore, a unique feature in Finneytown is that over 65% of band members also participate in a fall sport, something both music and athletics support. Most schools do not encourage students to be as diverse. In Finneytown, staff understand that participating in multiple extra and co-curricular activities actually benefits students, helping them to be more well rounded. It also promotes pride in their school. While winning three Reserve Grand Champion is a record set this year and has not been an easy feat, the amount of growth band members have shown this year is even more impressive. At the same time the bonds they’ve developed with each other deeply unite them. “I feel a sense of pride and joy as I watch these students excel through their hard work on the field and at home. They practice and prepare outside of the band class,” exclaimed Mike Kennedy, Marching Wildcats Band Director. “I am also impressed by what they accomplish through their hard work on an individual and team basis.”
The amazing parent volunteers who support our band students throughout the year are unsurpassed. On average about 30-50 volunteers participate throughout the season. The Finneytown Music Parent Association is strong support organization for the band and helps provide necessary items and money to supplement the costs to participate in band, including private lessons and travel to competitions. The students, staff, and adult support all combine to make this band program a shining star in Finneytown.