2017 OMEA State Marching Band Finals


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all performers, parents, school administrators, friends and music boosters to the 2017 Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band Finals. During the five days of performances you will see and hear some of the finest high school marching bands in the state of Ohio. You are about to see the true meaning of creativity, imagination, dedication and commitment.

The OMEA State Marching Band Finals have evolved in a positive, educational manner due to the commitment and leadership provided by our past Marching Band Affairs Chairs. They are: Stephan Berry, Richard Rhodes, Larry Kelley, William Guegold, William Wittman, Randall Clark, Michael Gallehue, Patricia Meeks, John Purdy, Brian Stevens, JD Latorre and Dave Handshue. We owe these educators a debt of gratitude for their service and leadership to OMEA. We are proud to take on the responsibilities of the Marching Band Affairs and Adjudications Chairs to further nurture the marching band activity in the state of Ohio.

A sincere thank you goes out to the many OMEA officials, volunteer groups, booster groups and the staff at Hilliard Darby High School, Brunswick High School, and Dayton Welcome Stadium who have all helped to make these State Finals run smoothly. We would also like to acknowledge those of you who are proud parents of band members for your continuing support of Music Education! While these State Marching Band Finals might be the most visible part of your community's band program, please continue to support your musicians throughout the rest of the school year at concerts, pep band, winter drumline, and winter guard performances, as well as the host of other musical activities these students participate in.

You are about to be amazed by the high level of performances today. Let the music begin!

Jay Wardeska
Marching Band Affairs Chair

Chris Carmean
Marching Band Adjudications Chair