Tuesday, October 28, 2014

141 strong - the LO Dragon Marching Band is heading to the State Finals!

141 LOHS Marching Band Students!
If you walk down the halls of LOHS or drive by the football field during 4th period every day, you'll hear some pretty amazing melodic sounds coming from our marching band students.  Not only do these dedicated student musicians, under the leadership of Mike Steele, practice during school hours, they play after school three days every week and on Saturdays - rain or shine!

Their grueling schedule starts the week after school ends in preparation for the next school year with rehearsals every day the first week and then every Wednesday throughout summer until right before a week-long band camp.

In their first competition this year at the Novi Invitational in September they placed first and earned the Best Music Award.  The next month at the Bands of America Toledo Regional, they were a finalist and placed 7th.  

Clarkston Invitational

Two weeks ago they competed at the Clarkston Invitational and secured a score of 90.250, the highest score in school history, finishing in second place behind last year's state champion, Walled Lake Central and tying for the award for "Best General Effect." 

Troy Athens Invitational

And, at the Troy Athens Invitational this past weekend, the Dragon Marching Band finished in second place, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd for their outstanding performance; the final one before this weekend's State Finals at Ford Field.

The Dragons will then have two weeks until their preliminary round performance at the Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

We should all be very proud of the tireless commitment that our marching band students dedicate to their program.  In addition to their competitions, they never miss performing during half-time at football games, at homecoming and community parades for Memorial Day and the Christmas LO Lighted Parade.

Equally important is the outstanding manner in which they consistently represent our school district and our community.  Let's cheer them on as they approach the State Finals this weekend and then on to the Grand Nationals.