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Orin Dykae Ford Band Review 2015

The 60th Anniversary Orin "Dykae" Ford Tiger Band Review hits the field on Saturday, September 23, 2017!!

This year's review welcomes bands from (in alphabetical order):

  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • Dalton
  • Dover  
  • Gahanna Lincoln
  • Oberlin
  • Wadsworth
  • Westerville Central
  • Wooster

...and features your own Massillon Tiger Alumni Band and the 2017 Edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band!!

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students (including college students) and senior citizens, and children 12 and under are free.
Tickets are available at the door the night of the show.

MTSB in Hall of Fame Parade - 2015

The 2017 edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band is ready to hit the streets in Grand Parade style! 

This year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Grand Parade will take place on Saturday, August 5 in downtown Canton. The parade will step off at 8:00am on Cleveland Avenue at 5th Street SW.  The route follows Cleveland Avenue straight through downtown and finishes at 25th Street.

More information about the parade can be found on the website for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.

cunningham fundraiser 2017 scan

Come down to BW3s in downtown Massillon on Wednesday, July 26 from 4:00-9:00 and help support the Amanda Cunningham Scholarship. Present the flyer when you order, and the scholarship fund will receive 20% of the proceeds!!

The scholarship is named in memory of  MTSB alumna Amanda Cunningham and is awarded annually to a graduating senior.

Download the flyer


man playing french hornThe 4 Star Awards for the 2016-17 school year were held on Monday May 15.  This annual event is an opportunity to thank all the students who participated in the band programs, making those programs successful.  It is also a time to recognize outstanding efforts, award scholarships, and bid farewell to our Seniors.

In addition to First, Second, Third, and Four-Year Awards, presented to all members who met those qualifications, the following received individual recognition, awards and/or scholarships:

Outstanding Freshman Boy: Jordan Higgins
Outstanding Freshman Girl: Zoey Paulus
Rookie of the Year: Olivia Muzi
Outstanding Sophomore Boy: Nathan Santucci
Outstanding Sophomore Girl: Mahaylee Neace
Outstanding Junior Boy: Michael Morgan
Outstanding Junior Girl: Elena Markley
Massillon Tiger Band Alumni Scholarship: Ryan Godbey, Carlee Gump, A'Kaisha Simpson
Pizza Oven Scholarship: Emily Kolek, Chloe Wolfe
Chuck "Scoop" Hess Scholarship: Camrynn Bickel
Dave Voshall Legacy Award: Quinn Piorkowski
George "Red" Bird Scholarship: Jeff King
Amanda J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship: Victoria Nelson 
Senior Dedication and Service: Derrek Finefrock, Jakobe McClendon, Cassandra Rohr
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Stephen Sober
John Philip Sousa Band Award: Tajj Crowder
Swingster Award: Tajj Crowder
Distinguished Service Award: Julie Snyder

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence: Dawson Matthews
(Presented by the United States Marines Youth Foundation at the WHS Academic Honors Program on May 10)

Congratulations to all the Seniors who make up the WHS Instrumental Music Program's Class of 2017:

Matt Ames
Terry Anderson
Camrynn Bickel
Ben Boni
Alissa Breining
Tajj Crowder
Derrek Finefrock
Ryan Godbey
Molly Gresh
Carlee Gump

Racheal Kerstetter
Jeff King
Emily Kolek
Peter Leitner
Destiny Lightner
Dawson Matthews
Jakobe McClendon
Allysa Moyer
Tori Nelson
Quinn Piorkowski

Jakob Reiter
Cassie Rohr
A'Kaisha Simpson
Jordan Smith
Micheala Smith
Stephen Sober
Alec Ward
Ihamod Williams
Chloe Wolfe

Quinn Piorkowski was named Outstanding Senior Boy at the WHS Honors Ceremony on May 10, 2017.

Quinn is the son of Sheryl and Brian Piorkowski, is a four year member of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, serving as squad leader, and is a member of the Wind Orchestra.

The titles of Miss Massillonian and Outstanding Senior Boy are awarded based on academic performance, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.  Miss Massillonian is a tradition that dates back to 1941, while Outstanding Senior Boy was added sometime later.  Miss Massillonian 2017 is LeeAnn Burczynski.

The Instrumental Music program was well represented in this year's class of finalists. In addition to Piorkowski, finalists for Outstanding Senior Boy included Jordan Smith and Stephen Sober.  Finalists for Miss Massillonian included Camrynn Bickel and Victoria Nelson.

Read the article in the Massillon Independent: Burczynski, Piorkowski tapped as Miss Massillonian, Outstanding Senior Boy

May is typically a very busy month for the Massillon Instrumental Music Program, and 2017 is no exception!

On the schedule this May:


Junior High Band Concert

Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:00pm
Massillon Junior High School - Auditeria

The annual spring concert by the 7th Grade Band and the 8th Grade Band. Following the concert will be a meeting for all incoming freshmen band students and their parents. Free and open to the public.


WHS Symphonic & Freshmen Band Spring Concert

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:00pm
Washington High School - Auditorium

The WHS Symphonic Band and the WHS Freshmen Band will perform their Spring Concert. Free and open to the public.


OMEA Large Group Contest - Junior High & Freshmen

Saturday, May 6
Hoover High School, North Canton

The 7th and 8th Grade Bands from MJHS and the WHS Freshmen Band will compete in the OMEA Large Group Contest.  Contest is free and open to the public. No recording devices of any kind.
Freshmen Band: 9:30am
7th Grade Band: 11:00am
8th Grade Band: 1:15pm


Wind Orchestra Showcase

Thursday, May 11 @ 7:00pm
Washington High School - Auditorium

The WHS Wind Orchestra will perform their annual showcase concert. Free and open to the public.


Dancing with the Massillon Stars

Saturday, May 13 @ 7:00pm
Lion's Lincoln Theatre

This event features several Massillon "celebrities" in a "Dancing with the Stars"-style competition to raise money for the Lion's Lincoln Theatre.  Director Jason Neel is one of the local celebrities who will be hoofing it up on the stage for this worthwhile cause.  More information about the dancers, as well as donation links, can be found on the Lincoln Theatre website.

Mr. Neel says, of his time in the spotlight, "It's going to be epic...one way or another!"


4 Star Awards

Monday, May 15 @ 6:30pm
Washington High School - Auditorim

The annual celebration of the outstanding work of all the Instrumental Music students this year.  A reception follows in the cafeteria.  Open to all high school band students and their families.


Intermediate School Band Concert

Wednesday, May 17 @ 7:00pm
Massillon Intermediate School - Auditeria

The Spring Concert performance from the 5th Grade Band and the 6th Grade Band. Free and open to the public.



Thursday, May 18 @ 6:00pm
Washington High School - Cafeteria

Performance from the Massillon Junior High Jazz Band and the Washington High School Jazz Orchestra. Hot dogs and snacks provided by the boosters. Free and open to the public.


WHS Graduation

Tuesday, May 23 @ 6:00pm
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

The Freshmen Band will be providing the processional and recessional music as we bid farewell to the Class of 2017 and wish them the best of luck on their future (hopefully musical) pursuits.  Graduation seating is by invitation only.


Massillon Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29 @ 9:30am
Downtown Massillon

The annual Memorial Day parade features the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, and is the final opportunity for this year's Seniors to march as part of the MTSB.  Please note that the parade route has been changed this year. The parade will head down Lincoln Way from Eighth Street NE to Erie Street S, ending on Tremont Street SW.  The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Veteran's Memorial at the corner of First and Tremont Streets SE.
More information in the Massillon Independent


Please join us for any and all of these performances as we close out the 2016-2017 school year!!

2015 MemorialDayParade



MatthewsDawson Matthews, a member of the Massillon Band program, recently passed his audition to join the United States Marine Band program. Very few high school seniors qualify to play with the United States Marine Band — in fact, Dawson believes he is the first high school senior from Stark County to pass the audition in over six years!

Matthews, who plays french horn in the WHS Wind Orchestra and mellophone in the Tiger Swing Band, qualified for assignment to the band in the french horn section. He will report for Marine Basic Training this summer, after which he will attend Marine Combat Training. Upon successful completion of both programs, he will be assigned to a Marine Band unit. Matthews has spent the last two and half years working his way through the audition process, commenting that "it's been tough, but it's not over yet." Still, he is excited for the opportunity and the challenges that await him.

More information about the Marine Band program can be found at https://www.marines.com/becoming-a-marine/enlisted/musician-enlistment-option-program.html, where they state "Members of each Marine Corps musical unit become part of a storied tradition, following in the footsteps of legendary Marine musicians like John Philip Sousa and other talented artists who, for more than 200 years, have called themselves Marines."  Active duty stations include Quantico, VA, Cherry Point, NC, Camp Lejuene, NC, Parris Island, SC, New Orleans, LA, Camp Pendleton, CA, Miramar, CA, San Diego, CA, Kaneohe Bay, HI, Okinawa, Japan, and the Marine Barracks in Washington, DC

Congratulations, Dawson!!

The Massillon Tigers Band Boosters consists of band parents and other persons interested in promoting instrumental music in the MCSD. If your child is involved in the band program, you are already a member! The Boosters staff the concession stands during football games and other band events, maintain and organize the band uniforms, act as chaperones to away games/events, and provide support to the band directors.

As we near the end of this school year, we are also nearing the election of officers for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Elections will be held on May 4th, just prior to the 7:00pm Spring Concert.  Any band parent, current or incoming, who is interested in running for office, is asked to submit a short bio to Kristy Jedel or Amy Paul via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or turn it in at the booster meeting on April 20th.  The bio need only be 2-3 sentences, including your name and the position you are interested in.

All the officer positions will be elected in May:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Coordinating Secretary
  • Alumni Representative
  • Past Booster Representative

If you wish to know more about the responsibilities of each position, please speak with one of the current officers, or visit the Band Boosters page. There you will find a roster of current officers and position descriptions.  The next booster meeting is April 20th.  Meetings are held in the WHS Band Room (Door 23) at 7:00pm and usually run less than an hour.


Fundraiser for the Lions Lincoln Theater

Where:  Hot Head Burritos (Massillon Target Plaza)

When:  Monday, March 13, 2017

Time:  5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Print this flier and bring it with you!

Jason Neel, Massillon Tiger Swing Band Director, will be performing in

“Dancing with the Massillon Stars”

May 13, 2017

A ballroom dancing competition to raise funds

for the Lions Lincoln Theater


Bring your friends and family to dinner at Hot Head Burrito and all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Lions Lincoln Theater.


Please support Jason Neel in his effort to sustain music and theater

in one of Massillon’s finest historic landmarks!

Obie the tiger holding mattress sale signTired of sleeping on a rock? Then it's time to get yourself a new mattress, and the MTSB can help!!

We are holding our sixth annual Mattress Sale on Saturday, March 4 from 10am to 5pm. You will have the opportunity to inspect and select extremely high quality mattresses with outstanding warranties.  In addition to supporting the band, these mattresses are marked at up to 50% below retail store prices!!

  • All sizes (including special sizes) are available!
  • Prices start at $199!
  • There will be 15-20 models to choose from!
  • Mattresses can be delivered, or picked up from the mattress company's warehouse about 2 weeks after the sale!

This is not a high pressure sale, just an opportunity for the community to take advantage of great cost savings while supporting the band. The MTSB will receive a portion of the proceeds of each sale.

In addition, band members have the opportunity to refer customers.  Each band member will have a flier that contains their information and details about the sale. Present the flier when you make your purchase, and that band member will receive a prize!

Come on down on March 4 and pick out a new mattress. Then snuggle in and drift off into dreamland humming Tiger Rag!

Download a flyer for the mattress sale