Marching Falcons to state

By Diana Miller - For The News Journal

After a 20-year absence, the Clinton-Massie High School Marching Band will once again take the field at the University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium to compete against Ohio’s best of the best marching bands.

The Marching Falcons earned a Superior rating at the Tecumseh Band Competition last Saturday, qualifying the band to compete in the Ohio Music Educators Association State Competition.

The CMHS band had an award-winning 2016 season. The color guard earned the title “Best Guard” at both The Ohio State University Invitational and Tecumseh Competition,. The marching band received awards for best music as well as second- and third-place finishes at Bishop Fenwick and at The Ohio State University.

Under the direction of Field Commander Mary Daugherty and Assistant Field Commander Emma Purkey, the 68-member marching band’s performance titled “X Marks the Spot” is an original composition by John Fannin that takes audience members through a pirate’s journey to find buried treasure.

Band Director Christin McClain said she is excited and blessed to work with the young men and women of the Clinton-Massie Marching Band. Their hard work and dedication has really paid off this year, and she is proud of their progress and is excited to see them perform at the state level.

The CM Marching Band continues to prepare for the Nov. 6 OMEA State Competition, where it is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m.

The band is under the direction of McClain and assistant director is Mary Rizzardi. The color guard is directed by Andrew Hall.

Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.

By Diana Miller

For The News Journal