The Troy High School marching band received a superior rating for its efforts during the state finals held Sunday, Nov. 1, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
Kathy McIntosh, band director, said to participate in the state finals a band must qualify at a local event. This occurred for the THS band Sept. 12 at the Trojan Invitational. This was the 36th year in a row the band has qualified for state and the Troy band is one of only four in the state to attain this achievement, McIntosh said.
“Our students work very hard perfecting their music and their competition show,” she said. “They give up a lot of their free time in order to be successful. We are very proud of them, that they not only qualified for state but were rated superior at the state level.”
The band has received superiors at state since 2000, McIntosh said.
The band’s competition show was called “Queen. It was based on the music group, but also addressed the history of the queens of England and included some traditional British music mixed in with music by the group Queen.
“Our students started working toward this goal on July 9 with summer rehearsals, band camp etcetera,” she said.
In the summer, the band has practice for around six hours a week, not including band camp.
During the practices, members work on music along with memorization of the music and drills. The band also performs at the Veterans’ Ceremony at the Miami County Fair, pep rallies and football games. During the fall, the band practices four hours a week and before competitions on Saturdays.
A Crowd of over 100 welcomes the Troy High School Band back from Dayton