Oct 4, 2012

Can you get details on the marching band competition?

Perkins High School is having their annual marching band contest this Saturday. Do you have any details on the time and admission? What bands will be participating? Thank you. Kelly in Perkins

The competition starts at 5 p.m. at the Perkins High School stadium. Admission is $6. There are 12 bands in the competition listed below.

5:15 p.m. Holgate

5:30 p.m. Woodmore

5:45 p.m. Swanton

6 p.m. Wellington

6:15 p.m. (Break)

6:30 p.m. Chippewa

6:45 p.m. River Valley

7 p.m. Buckeye

7:15 p.m. Kalida

7:30 p.m. (Break)

7:45 p.m. Marion Harding

8 p.m. Kettering Fairmont

8:15 p.m. Lakota West

8:30 p.m. Perkins

8:45 p.m. (Awards)

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For those of you who might not be familiar with marching bands from around the state, these are all bands with a tradition of qualifying for state marching band finals. If you enjoy marching bands, this will be a great evening.

The concession stand will be open, so come on out, get a marching taco, a couple of slices of pizza or a sandwich, have a seat in the new stadium and watch the bands.


If anyone's interested about some fun facts about the PHS Marching Band's rich History,
The Perkins Pirate Marching Band has had the honor to attend the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Finals every year since its creation in 1980, 32 years ago. Only one other band in the state of Ohio has attended the competition every year since its creation. In 2011 the band qualified at the Maumee Marching Band Competition in Maumee, Ohio and the North Coast Marching Band Festival at Perkins High School in October. by receiving a superior (I), and went to state for the 32nd year in November, where they received an a superior rating (I). The Director of the band is John Kustec, the assistant director is Joel Miller.[citation needed]
The Perkins Pirate Band Program officially took the lead in 2006 for having the largest student to band member ratio in the state of Ohio, 188 students in band, with over one-third of the high school population involved in the band program.[citation needed]
The Pirate Band qualified for the State Finals by receiving Superior Ratings at both the Maumee and North Coast (held at PHS) Marching Band Competitions in October. The entire marching band, including musicians, Flags, Pirettes and Pit Crew are judged on the performance of their music, marching and drills. The PHS Marching Band received Superior Ratings in all of these individual categories. 2011 marks the 32nd consecutive year that the Perkins Band has qualified for the State Finals, making them one of only two schools in the entire state with that distinction.

My thoughts

They are good at what they do but are boring. I wish they would ditch the instruments that don't march and play some music the average person has heard. Maybe switch the song selection during the football season too.


Boring? Hardly.


Thank you, Kelly!


Thank you, Kelly!


My thoughts,
PHS Band is a Competition band. No other competition band across the state plays music like that. Music like that is hard to coordinate. We are not Edison, we know that but the Perkins crowd is used to what we do. Most of them like it. The only ones that don't are some of the students. We keep the same music so we can excel. Us and one other band have had the honor and amazing accomplishment to go to state every year since it's creation. We take pride in that we try to make our music beautiful. Not loud and obnoxious. I appreciate your concern but it is how we are.

Erie Countian

A lot of people don't understand "competition bands" like Perkins. They must perform the same show each week to get their music and marching footwork to progress to the level needed by the time qualifying competitions start in Oct. Their total focus is on perfecting this single show. They hope to be at their optimum by the OMEA State Band Finals in November. The judges want to hear all the nuances of the music. It can't just be played loud...it must be performed as written by the arranger..in other words, there are louder or softer parts that must be played. Marching must also meet judging standards, as must the performances of the flags and Pirette auxilaries. Over many years of attending PHS football games, I've never had a problem with seeing the same show each week. You can really tell how they improve with each passing week of intense practice. While I always enjoy seeing bands like Edison, they are completely different. They basically play everything at full blast, which any band can do. It is certainly entertaining, but their performances would never be acceptable in an ajudicated band competition. That doesn't mean Edison is not a fine band, they can just do their own thing because they don't compete. I admire all high school bands. It is hard work no matter if you compete or not. But I hope everyone realizes that the PHS band is in a way like the football team in that it hopes to get better each week in order to continue on to the highest level of competition. In football, that would be getting into the playoffs and then on to a state championship. With the band, it is qualifying for and getting back to the State Marching Band Finals for the 33rd consecutive year. Good luck, Pirate Band.


Congratulations on qualifying for State once again!