Ohio's Oldest High School Football Band - Since 1914

Tiger Swing Band

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, the MTSB will be performing in "The Shoe" - Ohio Stadium - on the campus of The Ohio State University for the 2014 Buckeye Invitational.  This year this annual show features 42 high school marching bands from across Ohio, plus a performance by The Ohio State University Marching Band!  Massillon is scheduled to perform at 6:00pm, with OSU taking the field at 9:30pm.

The Buckeye Invitational is open to the public. General admission tickets are $12 presale, $15 day of the show.

More information, schedules, and tickets are available on the website of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Bob WenzelOur own Bob Wenzel, the voice of the Tiger Swing Band, will be speaking at the Massillon Museum's Brown Bag Lunch series on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at noon.   His topic will be "A Century of the Massillon High School Band".  Bring your lunch (or purchase one from Anderson's in the City, in the museum lobby) and join Bob as he discusses the "pre-swing" band, the impact of George "Red" Bird on marching bands, and highlights from 100 years of the Massillon High School Band.

Admission is free, and coffee and cookies will be provided by the museum. The presentation will run approximately 40 minutes.

UPDATE: The museum has made available a video of Bob's talk.

On Saturday, September 13th, the Massillon Tiger Swing Band will be performing at Avon Lake's 50th Annual Band-a-Rama!! The MTSB was a featured band at the very first Band-a-Rama, and we are honored to return for this special evening.

Scheduled to perform are bands from:

The show kicks off at 7:00pm and $5.00 General Admission tickets are available at the door.

Map to Avon Lake after the jump

Tiger Band ShowThe Orin "Dykae" Ford Tiger Band Review roars into Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:00pm!!

This year's review welcomes bands from:

...and features your own Massillon Tiger Alumni Band and the 2014 Edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band!!

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and children 12 and under are free.
Tickets are available at the door the night of the show.

The Squad Leaders for the 2014 Edition of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band completed their training this week, which culminated in a giant game of "Capture the Flag" in Stadium Park.

The full band reports on Monday, July 14th to begin rehearsals for what is sure to be another exciting marching season!

Report times:
Woodwinds/Brass - 9am at WHS Band Room (Door 22)
Drumline - 9am at Massillon Junior High School (Door 12)

2014 Squad Leaders

2014 Squad Leaders

2014 Squad Leaders

Uniform Fittings for the 2014 Swing Band will be held on the following dates:

Next year's Seniors:
Wednesday 5/28, 5:00-7:00

Next year's Juniors:
Thursday 5/29, 6:00-8:00

Next year's Sophomores:
Monday 6/2, 5:00-7:00

Incoming Freshmen:
Tuesday 6/3, 4:00-7:00 by appointment
Wednesday 6/4, 5:00-8:00 by appointment

Makeup date for upperclassmen is during the Freshman fittings on June 3 and 4.

MTSB Class of 2014The 4 Star Awards for the 2013-14 school year were held on Monday May 19.  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:

Senior Show Directors 2013: Dom Foutz, Zane Radcliffe, Andy Smith, Lexus Uhlir, Taylor Wicks
Senior Show Choreographers: Kim Anderson, Emily Dodd
Outstanding Freshman Boy: Stephen Sober
Outstanding Freshman Girl: Tori Nelson
Rookie of the Year: Camrynn Bickel
Outstanding Sophomore Boy: Zac Lockwood
Outstanding Sophomore Girl: Rebekah Sorensen
Outstanding Junior Boy: Chase Porrini
Outstanding Junior Girl: Lena Shelton
Dave Voshall Legacy Award: Andy Smith
Outstanding Senior: Christine Collins
Most Dedicated Senior: Matt Sorensen
John Philip Sousa Band Award: Jessie Robinson
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Andy Smith
Senior Leadership Award: Taylor Wicks
Massillon Tiger Band Alumni Scholarship: Lexus Uhlir, Jordy Vargas, Dom Foutz
Chuck "Scoop" Hess Scholarship: Michael Coffey
Amanda J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship: Taylor Wicks
Pizza Oven Scholarship: Jessie Robinson, Rebecca Klein
George "Red" Bird Scholarship: Christine Collins
Swingster Award: Andy Smith
Distinguished Service Award: Walt and Marta Shannon

Congratulations to all the Seniors who make up the WHS Band Program's Class of 2014:

Kim Anderson
Shaun Bolan
Collin Brace
Kennedy Brand
Bryan Campbell
Mike Coffey
Christine Collins
Riley Dahlquist
Andrew Crell
Emily Dodd
Kyle Erbland
Dominic Foutz
Cheyenne Harrison

Jewel Haskins
Cody Hawkins
Rebecca Klein
Megan Lint
Kayla Lones
Trevor Lucas
J.J. Maceyak
Dan McCullough
Miranda McGinnis
Michelle Mercer
Jessica Natoli
John Norris
Jessica Pledgure

Zane Radcliffe
Christopher Rittenhouse
Jessie Robinson
Vanessa Shannon
Andy Smith
Matthew Sorensen
Lexus Uhlir
Jordy Vargas
Madison Walsh
Kayla White
Taylor Wicks
Jessie Wilson
Justin Wilson

At the WHS Honors Ceremony on May 14, Massillon Tiger Swing Band's own Taylor Wicks and Dan McCullough were named Miss Massillonian and Outstanding Senior Boy, respectively.

Miss Wicks has been a four-year member of the band and has served as a Section Leader. She was a student director at last fall's Senior Show, where she led the band in a rendition of Funkytown, by Lipps, Inc.  Upon graduation Taylor will study pre-med at the Ohio State University.

Mr. McCullough has also been a member of the band for all four years, and has led the band as Drum Major for three of those years.  Dan will also be attending the Ohio State University in the fall, where he will be studying Middle Childhood Education.

The Miss Massillonian award is a 70+ year tradition in the Massillon City Schools, starting in 1941*.  Outstanding Senior Boy was added in 1953.  The awards are based on academic performance, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.

The MTSB was well represented this year. In addition to Wicks and McCullough, finalists for the awards included MTSB members Christine Collins and Zane Radcliffe.

Read 'Wicks, McCullough named Miss Massillonian, Outstanding Senior Boy' 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.

Because of their Superior ratings at the recent District Contest, the WHS Symphonic Band and the WHS Wind Orchestra will both have the opportunity to compete in the State Large Group Contest!

The state contest will be held on Friday, May 2 at GlenOak High School.  The contest is free and open to the public. The Wind Orchestra is scheduled to perform at 5:05pm, and the Symphonic Band at 9:40pm.  Please note that no cameras or recording devices, video or audio, are allowed at any contest site.

The State Large Group Contest is sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association.  From the OMEA website:

For music to be indispensable to learning and life, it must be more than a shallow, passing experience for the student. Increased proficiency increases enjoyment, and competence begets respect for competence. Quality is not a limiting factor for the individual, but puts within his or her grasp an otherwise inaccessible treasure store of the world’s cultural riches.

We wish the best of luck to those students who are participating in the State Contest!!

Symphonic BandThe WHS Symphonic Band and the WHS Wind Orchestra will both be competing at the OMEA District Contest in March.  In preparation, these two bands will be performing a concert featuring the music that they have prepared for the contest. 

The concert is Thursday, February 27 at 7pm in the WHS Auditorium.  The public is invited to this free concert to enjoy the wonderful music, and to wish our bands well at the district contest!