Ohio's Oldest High School Football Band - Since 1914

Tiger Swing Band

The 2015 Edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band is underway!!  Squad leaders reported for duty for three days of leadership training from July 8-10, and the full band began summer rehearsals bright and early on Monday morning July 13th.  The first week of rehearsals involves indoor work, with the band divided into majorettes, wind, and percussion who practice separately. The full band comes together on July 20th to begin outdoor practices, including marching.

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2015 MTSB Squad Leaders

Some upcoming dates to put on the calendar include:

July 26 - Drumline, Majorettes, and Obie march in the Hall of Fame Community Parade - parade steps off at 2:30pm

August 1 - Drumline performs at the Massillon FunFest

August 8 - The full Swing Band marches in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade - parade steps off at 8:00am

August 25 - 7:00pm - Squad Leaders, Drum Major, Majorettes, and Obie perform at the Massillon Kickoff Pep Rally at Duncan Plaza

August 27 - 7:30 kickoff - the 2015 Football Season gets underway at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium vs. Perry

September 1 - 7:30pm - Stark County Fair High School Band Show

For more events, please be sure to check the MTSB Calendar!

Mr. Nussbaum had a wager with the 6th Grade Band. He bet that the group would not work all the way through their methods book by the end of the school year. 

Mr. Nussbaum lost that bet, and on the last day of school, he paid up:

Uniform fittings for the 2015 Massillon Tiger Swing Band are scheduled as follows:

Seniors - Wednesday, May 27 - 4:30-6:30pm
Juniors - Monday, June 1 - 4:30-7:00pm
Sophomores - Tuesday, June 2 - 4:30-7:00pm
Freshmen - Wednesday, June 3 - 5:00-7:00pm by appointment
Freshmen - Thursday, June 4 - 3:30-7:00pm 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 Thursday, June 4. 
  • Freshman appointments were scheduled either at the freshman band orientation, or during class by the directors.

Directors at 4 Star AwardsThe 4 Star Awards for the 2014-15 school year were held on Monday May 18.  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: Jesse Hall
Outstanding Freshman Girl: Morgan Crum
Rookie of the Year: Karoline Smith
Outstanding Sophomore Boy: Tajj Crowder
Outstanding Sophomore Girl: Alissa Breining
Outstanding Junior Boy: Noah Brant
Outstanding Junior Girl: Katey Culp
Massillon Tiger Band Alumni Scholarship: Alyssa Braun, Brandon May
Pizza Oven Scholarship: Megann McArthur, Christa Salewsky
Chuck "Scoop" Hess Scholarship: Lena Shelton
Dave Voshall Legacy Award: Amanda Smith
George "Red" Bird Scholarship: Megan Wentzel
Amanda J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship: Ben Myers
Most Dedicated Senior: Amanda Smith, Matt Diuk
Outstanding Senior: Lena Shelton
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Emily Powell
John Philip Sousa Band Award: Megan Wentzel
Swingster Award: Olivia Boggs
Distinguished Service Award: Carla and Eric Myers

Congratulations to all the Seniors who make up the WHS Instrumental Music Program's Class of 2015:

Madison Berner
Olivia Boggs
Alyssa Braun
Antonio Campos-Bailey
Briannea Cantera
Amy Culp
Matthew Diuk
Timmy Eber
Tristan Fischer
Skyla Gamble
Micala Gorfido
Chloe Grimm
Mason Harp

Mallory Henderson
Autumn Henry
John Henry
Ashleigh Howard
Amanda Hunsicker
Iain Joseph
Brandon May
Megann McArthur
Kassandra Meyer
Allissa Mitchell
Kat Moore
Haley Myer

Ben Myers
LeeAnn Neace
Chase Porrini
Emily Powell
Christa Salewsky
Mike Santucci
Lena Shelton
Logan Sines
Brittany Siravo
Amanda Smith
Chandler Tritch
Megan Wentzel

smith a creAt the WHS Honors Ceremony on May 13, Massillon Tiger Swing Band's own Amanda Smith was named Miss Massillonian.

Miss Smith has been a four-year member of the MTSB and has served as a Squad and Section Leader. She was also a member of the Jazz Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and the Basketball Band.  Upon graduation Smith will study at the Aultman College of Nursing with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.  A student in the WHS Career Tech department, she recently earned her state license in Cosmetology.

The Miss Massillonian award is a 70+ year tradition in the Massillon City Schools, starting in 1941*.   The award, along with Outstanding Senior Boy, is based on academic performance, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.  This year's Outstanding Senior Boy is Zachary Wolfe.

In addition to Miss Smith, other Instrumental Music students were finalists for the two awards. Kassandra Meyer, Haley Myer, and Emily Powell all were finalists for Miss Massillonian, while Brandon May and Ben Myers were finalists for Outstanding Senior Boy.

Read 'Top Students named at Washington High School ' in The Independent

* In 2011, the Massillon Museum had an exhibition on the history of Miss Massillonian.
A review of the exhibition and some history of the award are viewable on the Independent's website.

Prior to the Spring Concert on May 7, the Band Boosters elected officers for the 2015-2016 school year. Congratulations go out to:

President: Brian Constable
Vice-President: Mike McCullough
Coordinating Secretary: Lisa Markley
Administrative Secretary: Kristy Jedel
Treasurer: Sandy Levy
Past Booster Rep: Walt Shannon

Thank you to everyone who agreed to run for office. Your dedication and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated!!

The newly elected officers assume their positions on the first day of summer break (May 29).

May is a very busy month for the Massillon Instrumental Music Program.  On the schedule this month:

Junior High Band Concert

Wednesday, May 6 @ 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 7 @ 7:00pm
Washington High School - Auditorium

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

OMEA Band Contest - 8th & 9th Grade

Saturday, May 9
Hoover High School, North Canton

The 8th Grade Band and the 9th Grade Band will compete in the OMEA Large Group Contest.  The 8th Grade Band performs at 8:00am, and the 9th Grade Band performs at 10:30am.  Contest is free and open to the public. No recording devices of any kind.


Intermediate School Band Concert

Wednesday, May 13 @ 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.


Wind Orchestra Showcase

Thursday, May 14 @ 7:00pm
Washington High School - Auditorium

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


4 Star Awards

Monday, May 18 @ 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.



Thursday, May 21 @ 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.


Massillon Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 25 @ 9:30am
Downtown Massillon

The annual Memorial Day parade features the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, and is the last chance to see this year's Seniors.


WHS Graduation

Tuesday, May 26 @ 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.


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The WHS Wind Orchestra qualified to compete at the OMEA Large Group State Contest at GlenOak High School on Friday, April 24th.  The orchestra will perform three pieces prepared for the contest, and then will "sight read" a piece presented to them for the first time at that event.

OMEA contests are free and open to the public. No recording devices of any kind are allowed. The WHS Wind Orchestra will be performing at 8:15pm.

UPDATE (4/25): The Wind Orchestra earned the highest rating, "Superior", at the State Contest! Congratulations to all the musicians!!


Come down to the Firehouse Grille - 48 2nd St SE in Massillon - on Tuesday, April 21, have a great dinner and help the band.  Dine in or carry out between 5:00pm and 8:00pm, and the Massillon Band Program gets 20% of the proceeds!!

You don't need to present a flyer, but you can download one as a reminder (and to give to friends and neighbors)!

Great food and it benefits the band program! It's a win-win!! We'll see you there!

See the event on Facebook.

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 2015-2016 academic year.  Elections will be held on May 7th, 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 Denise Louk  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 16th.

Positions to 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, and you may download the constitution.  The next booster meeting is April 16th.  Meetings are held in the WHS Band Room (Door 23) at 7:00pm and usually run less than an hour.