Ohio's Oldest High School Football Band - Since 1914

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2015 MJHS Marching Night

The Massillon Junior High Marching Night is scheduled for Friday, September 30.  The schedule leading up to and including the performance is as follows:

Wednesday, September 28
TWIRLERS ONLY!! Practice with Mrs. Doherty and the majorettes in the armory.

Thursday, September 29
4:15 - TWIRLERS ONLY!! Practice with Mrs. Doherty and the majorettes in the armory. You will join the rest of the band in the DREAM building and finish practice at 6:45.
5:15 – 6:45pm - MJHS BAND
Rehearsal at the WHS Indoor Practice Field (DREAM building). Rehearsal will begin PROMPTLY at 5:15. Please have yourself, your instrument, and music ready to go by 5:15.

Friday, September 30
4:00 – 4:30pm
Rehearsal in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. This time we will rehearse with the full Massillon Tiger Swing Band. Again, make sure you have your instrument and music ready to go by 4:00. Students need to be picked up at the stadium at 4:30 and report back at 6:00. Students SHOULD NOT plan to stay between 4:30 and 6:00. Please note that there will NOT be a tailgate party this year.  Students should be picked up after the band/choir rehearsals end. A meal before performing is highly recommended!

GAME NIGHT! Friday September 30
6:00pm – 9:15ish
We will meet at the armory, which is beside the WHS Band Field, and march over to the stadium with the Tiger Swing Band. AGAIN, make sure you have your instrument, music and yourself ready to go by 6:00.

You should wear a black or orange t-shirt or hoodie, blue jeans, and athletic shoes.  The performance goes on, rain or shine. Please dress in clothing that is appropriate for the weather/temperature.

After the Performance
The Junior High students will be released to their parents, or the responsible adult listed on the permission form, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR HALFTIME PERFORMANCE (usually between 9:15-9:30, depending on the game).


  • If you indicated that you would pick up your student inside the stadium, please come to the gate next to the band bleachers (NW corner of stadium) as soon as halftime has ended.
  • If you indicated that you would pick up your student outside the stadium, please come to gate #9 by the visitor's entrance. Students will be escorted as a group to this entrance.
  • If you indicated that your student will have a ticket to the game, that will be verified and the student will be released on their own.


Attendance at Junior High Marching Night is voluntary. However, all rules and consequences outlined in the Massillon Junior High Band Handbook will be enforced. We expect students to conduct themselves in a way that is appropriate for a band performance.

Instruments - after the performance

The only exceptions are mellophone, sousaphone, and percussion players. These instruments will be transported back to the armory by the band staff.


Orin Dykae Ford Band Review 2015

It's time once again for the MTSB Band Show!! At 7:00pm on Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Orin "Dykae" Ford Tiger Band Review hits the field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium!!

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

  • Alliance WebsiteFacebooktwitter
  • Columbus Centennial  Website
  • Cuyahoga Falls Twitter
  • Dover WebsiteFacebook
  • Kenton Ridge  website 64  FacebookTwitter
  • Lake website 64  twitter
  • Poland  website 64  facebook
  • Wadsworth WebsiteTwitter
  • Wooster WebsiteTwitterYouTube

...and features your own Massillon Tiger Alumni Band and the 2016 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.

The new exhibit in the Massillon Museum’s second floor football gallery will be Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band.

The public will first be able to see the exhibit on Saturday, August 20. In addition to being on view during regular Museum hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., the second-floor gallery will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, the evening of the Tiger Kick-Off Pep Rally in Duncan Plaza.

Majorettes, Drum Major, Tubas, circa 1941All Massillon Tiger Swing Band directors will be included, but the exhibit will highlight three of the early greats: George "Red" Bird, Orin "Dykae" Ford, and Jim Billingsley. Objects on display will include photographs, original composition books, band uniforms, majorette costumes, and footage of Tiger Swing Band performances through the years.

This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Massillon Museum and the Massillon Tiger Football Booster Club, with the assistance of Bob Wenzel and Bill Joseph.

While Paul Brown was building the “Greatest Team” in Massillon High School Football, he was also instrumental, alongside Superintendent L.J. Smith, in hiring George “Red” Bird in 1938, the man who would form the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, part of the “Greatest Show in High School Football.” Although the band had existed for twenty-five years prior to the Swing Band, Bird transformed the halftime performance into a theatrical show. Drawing from vaudeville, burlesque, and Hollywood, with influence from the “swing” music of the 1930s, Bird established a choreography of measured steps, an assembly of instruments, the majorettes, and a collection of uniforms. The halftime show as we know it today was born in Massillon under the direction of Bird.

George "Red" Bird

Bird (1938–1945), along with Orin “Dykae” Ford (1946–1967) and Jim Billingsley (1970–1980), constitute three of the most influential early directors of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band. From its inception in 1938, the Swing Band has been led by ten men and women, and the legacy of Bird, including his opening ceremony of favorite musical compositions “Entrance Fanfare,” “Tiger Rag,” and “Carry on for Massillon,” are still celebrated today.

The new Paul Brown exhibition is the fifth in a multiple-year series focusing on one of Massillon’s most famous and influential sons. It is hosted in the Massillon Tiger Football Gallery in Memory of Paul L. David on the Massillon Museum’s second floor.

Visitors to the second-floor galleries will be able to view Echo: The Early History of Sound Recording and The Immel Circus. The main gallery exhibition, Readapt: Artwork Inspired by the Permanent Collection, will continue through September 25, and the Studio M exhibition of Photography by Supporters of Relay for Life will continue through September 4.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. For more information, call 330.833.4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.


Photos from the Massillon Museum Permanent Collection

MTSB in Hall of Fame Parade - 2015

The 2016 Edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band is ready to roll!!  The first time you can catch this group of talented marchers is the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade!

This year's parade will take place on Saturday, August 6 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.

Mr Neel holding wind orchestra award

The 4 Star Awards for the 2015-16 school year were held on Monday May 16.  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: Matt Hersher
Outstanding Freshman Girl: Kaitlyn Brown
Rookie of the Year: Alexis Markley
Outstanding Sophomore Boy: Trent Wicks
Outstanding Sophomore Girl: Hanna Willoughby
Outstanding Junior Boy: Quinn Piorkowski
Outstanding Junior Girl: Camrynn Bickel
Massillon Tiger Band Alumni Scholarship: Noah Brant, Brian Corbin
Pizza Oven Scholarship: Rebekah Sorensen, Chelsea Friedrich
Chuck "Scoop" Hess Scholarship: Heather Bomba
Dave Voshall Legacy Award: Maia Wissmar
George "Red" Bird Scholarship: Zac Lockwood
Amanda J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship: Braydon Putnam
Most Dedicated Senior: Katey Culp
Senior Service: Crystal Constable
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Braydon Putnam
John Philip Sousa Band Award: Zac Lockwood
Swingster Award: Zac Lockwood
Distinguished Service Award: Mike and Becky McCullough

Congratulations to all the Seniors who make up the WHS Instrumental Music Program's Class of 2016:

Kaitlynn Anderson
Alyssa Beck
Matthew Bolan
Heather Bomba
Cara Bonheimer
Erica Borell
Noah Brant
Crystal Constable
Brian Corbin
Katey Culp
Paige Fox

Chelsea Friedrich
Clarissa Gardner
Matthew Gardner
Alex Hermann
Emily Hershberger
Stephanie Hodge
Anthony Jones
Adam Kight
Kelcey Leonard
Katrina Levy
Zac Lockwood

Joseph McCullough
Braydon Putnam
Nathan Ruth
Mike Rutkowski
Jillian Rutkowski
Derek Smith
Rebekah Sorensen
Kamionka Stokes
Andrew Warner
Maia Wissmar

MM OSB fromLLockwood 800Rebekah Sorensen was named Miss Massillonian, and Zac Lockwood was named Outstanding Senior Boy at the WHS Honors Ceremony on May 11, 2016.

Rebekah, daughter of Cindy Sorensen and Jonathan Sorensen, is a four year member of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, serving as squad leader, and is a member of the Wind Orchestra

Zac, son of Linda Lockwood and Bruce Lockwood, is also a four year member of the Swing Band, serving as a squad leader, and is a member of the Wind Orchestra.

Miss Massillonian and Outstanding Senior Boy are awarded based on academic performance, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.

Uniform fittings for the 2016 Massillon Tiger Swing Band are scheduled as follows:

Seniors (Class of 2017) - Tuesday, May 31 - 1:00-3:00pm
Juniors (Class of 2018) - Tuesday, May 31 - 5:00-7:00pm
Sophomores (Class of 2019) - Thursday, June 2 - 4:30-7:00pm
Freshmen (Class of 2020) - Monday, June 6 - 4:00-7:00pm by appointment
Freshmen (Class of 2020) - Tuesday, June 7 - 4:00-7:00pm by appointment

  • All fittings will be in the armory.
  • If you have an upperclass sibling, you may come with him/her. 
  • If you miss your fitting night, please come on Tuesday, June 7. 
  • Freshman appointments are scheduled either at the freshman band orientation, or during class by the directors.

uniforms hanging

May is typically a very busy month for the Massillon Instrumental Music Program, and 2016 is no exception!  This year, our busy May schedule starts in April!!

On the schedule in the next few weeks:

OMEA State Large Group Contest - Wind Orchestra

Friday, April 29 @ 8:25pm
Oakwood Middle School

The WHS Wind Orchestra qualified for the Ohio Music Educators Association State Large Group Adjudicated Event, and will be competing at Oakwood Middle School, 2300 Schneider St NE in Canton (Plain Township).  The Wind Orchestra performs at 8:25pm, and the event is free and open to the public. Please be aware that recording of any kind is strictly prohibited.


WHS Symphonic & Freshmen Band Spring Concert

Thursday, May 5 @ 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.


Junior High Band Concert

Wednesday, May 11 @ 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.


Wind Orchestra Showcase

Thursday, May 12 @ 7:00pm
Washington High School - Auditorium

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


OMEA Large Group Contest - Junior High & Freshmen

Saturday, May 14
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: 10:00am
7th Grade Band: 11:00am
8th Grade Band: 11:30am


4 Star Awards

Monday, May 16 @ 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 18 @ 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 19 @ 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 24 @ 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 2015 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 30 @ 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 join us for any and all of these performances as we close out the 2015-2016 school year!!

2015 MemorialDayParade



In an effort to stay better connected with our alumni, we are putting together a registry of contact information. Please follow the link below and fill out the form. This will allow us to communicate alumni events and news more efficiently.

Click here to register!

In addition to the database for contact information, we want to start an Alumni List with name, instrument and graduation year on this website. No contact information will be shared.

Jenn Smitthisler with Top Educator AwardCongratulations to Jenn Smithhisler who was named WHS Top Educator at the 2016 Top 25 dinner. This award is chosen by the WHS administration, and is a testament to Mrs. Smithhisler's dedication to her students.

The Top 25 banquet is held annually as a way to recognize the Top 25 students in the senior class and those educators who inspired them.  Congratulations to Instrumental Music instructors Jenn Smithhisler and Chris Nussbaum, who were chosen for recognition by Braydon Putnam and Anthony Jones, respectively.

The band students in the Top 25 and their honored educators are:

Heather Bomba - Mrs. Mary LeFleur
Noah Brant - Mrs. Gayle Danzy
Brian Corbin - Mr. Matt Citron
Anthony Jones - Mr. Chris Nussbaum
Zachary Lockwood - Mr. Jack Kilgore
Braydon Putnam - Mrs. Jennett Smithhisler
Nathan Ruth - Mr. Rich Conaway
Rebekah Sorensen - Mrs. Jennifer Hoffman

The full list of Top 25/Honorees can be found on the Massillon City School website.