Braves Marching Band finishes 2017 season strong

Braves Marching Band finishes 2017 season strong
Posted on 11/17/2017
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The Braves Marching Band (BMB) of Indian Hill Schools finished 4th out of 27 bands at Mid-States, their highest ranking in seven years. This year’s show, “Some Assembly Required” followed the IH tradition of challenging music and movement.  The talented group of 7th -12th graders garnered top rankings in every competition, bringing home ten trophies including Class A First Place Overall, Music, Visual, General Effect, Percussion and Color Guard at the Colerain Band Invitational. 

The Band is under the direction of Donald Barker and the Assistant Director is Chris Rotsching. Staff also includes Angela DeMoss, Visual/woodwind instructor; Rick Adams, Percussion Captain; Anthony Beasley IHHS ’13, Percussion Instructor; David Rhodenbaugh IHHS ’05, Percussion/visual instructor; Taylor Reid, Color Guard Instructor; Cassidy Cosway IHHS ’14, Color Guard Instructor and Steve Strider, BMB Consultant. “Some Assembly Required” featured the music of Gary Gilroy and Brendan McBrien. A group of dedicated volunteer parents create the set and deliver equipment to every performance. 

During the summer’s ten-day band camp, graduating members Isabella Bristol (five years), Tommy Klinedinst (six years) and Zach Poling (three years) worked with the many young members to create a cohesive unit. “Serving as the Drum Major for this amazing ensemble was an incredible honor” said Tommy Klinedinst. “Marching Band is a welcoming, dedicated group. Leading them onto the field in Lucas Oil Stadium is an experience I will never forget.” 

The final performance at Bands of America Grand National Championships was a celebration of the “leadership, integrity, character, self-discipline, determination and work ethic of the many fine young women and men who have made the commitment to be part of the Braves Marching Band” said Mr. Barker.