Ohio's Oldest High School Football Band - Since 1914

Tiger Swing Band

This year the Band Boosters are offering an incentive for those volunteers who work in the concessions booths on game night - a drawing for a fabulous prize!!  To qualify, just sign up and work a shift on a game night and you will be entered to win!  Winners are chosen at random during the week following the game.

The Winners:

Perry: Troy Kemp - Gift Certificate from Yund's Car Wash
GlenOak: Linda Ginther - Gift Certificate for Menches Brothers Restaurant
Bowsher: Allen Hershberger - Gift Certificate to Drifterz
Ursuline: Rick Dinger - Gift Certificate for East of Chicago Pizza
Mount Healthy: Tom Menches - Gift Certificate for Kraus' Pizza
St. Vincent-St. Mary: Michael Blosser - Gift Certificate for Smiley's

If you wish to sign up for a shift and get in the action, please contact Booster Secretary Lisa Markley - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  There is always room for more volunteers, so if you can work one game or all 6, please let Lisa know!

Orin Dykae Ford Band ReviewIt's time once again for the MTSB Band Show!! At 7:00pm on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 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):

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  • Cuyahoga Falls Twitter
  • Green WebsiteFacebook
  • Olentangy Orange FacebookTwitter
  • Wadsworth WebsiteTwitter
  • Wooster WebsiteTwitterYouTube

...and features your own Massillon Tiger Alumni Band and the 2015 Edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band!!

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 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 parkas the MTSB wears during inclement weather need to be cleaned.

The uniform crew is looking for parents willing to take home 4 to 6 parkas to wash. They are machine washable in cold water with mild detergent, and must hang dry. They cannot be put in the dryer.

If you can help, parkas can be picked up in the armory on Thursday, August 13 after the band family picnic. Parkas must be signed out by a parent, but can be returned at any band practice by the parent or student.

If you have questions, please contact Uniform Chairperson Linda Lockwood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Dan BolenWe are pleased to welcome Dan Bolen as student teacher for the 2015 fall semester. Bolen, a Dover native, is a senior at the University of Akron where he is majoring in Music Education. After he graduates in December his goal is to become a band director. While his preference would be to work with middle school bands, he is enjoying his time with the MTSB students and would be open to a high school position as well.

Bolen started his instrumental music career on the euphonium. He switched to the sousaphone after 8th grade when he marched with the Dover Marching Tornadoes, and later with the University of Akron Marching Band.

When he had the opportunity to choose a district for his student teaching, he chose Massillon due to its proximity and the environment surrounding the program. Aware of some of the history of the MTSB, Bolen is looking forward to learning more about both the traditions and the community, and says "...the more I'm here, the more I realize that it's something special."

Mr. Bolen is the first student teacher in current director Jason Neel's tenure. While he will begin working with small groups, Neel plans to place him into more teaching situations, taking on larger groups as the season progresses. Once the school year starts, Neel will give Bolen instructional time in the classroom, including turning over entire class periods.

Bolen is excited to be learning from Mr. Neel, the other directors, and the kids. While his biggest challenge may be in learning everyone's name, he is most looking forward to helping the instrumental music students attain a high level of achievement.

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).