Ohio's Oldest High School Football Band - Since 1914

Tiger Swing Band

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

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