Ohio's Oldest High School Football Band - Since 1914

Tiger Swing Band

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.

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 2016-2017 academic year.  Elections will be held on May 5th, 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 Lisa Markley  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 21st.

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.  The next booster meeting is April 21st.  Meetings are held in the WHS Band Room (Door 23) at 7:00pm and usually run less than an hour.

2016 BW3 Spirit Night Coupon

Our first Spirit Night for 2016 is set for Monday, February 15th from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Massillon (235 Lincoln Way West). Come down to BW3s during those hours, present your ticket to your server, and the Massillon Band Program will receive 20% of all food purchases!!  This is a great way to have some delicious food, and support the band in the process.

You must have a ticket for the band to be credited, and tickets will not be available at the venue. Download a single ticket or a 4-pack below, and share them with your friends!!

BW3 Spirit Night 2/15/16 4-pack

BW3 Spirit Night 2/15/16 single ticket

A proposal to amend the by-laws of the Instrumental Music Boosters of the Massillon City Schools, Inc. (the Band Boosters) was put forward at the band booster meeting on January 21. In accordance with the by-laws, the amendment was presented to the boosters at this meeting, and will be discussed and voted upon at the next band booster meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2016.


The proposed amendment and rationale are as follows (additions are in bold and underlined):

Amend Article III – Officers and Their Elections, Section 3.2

The offices of President, Vice President, Administrative Secretary, Coordinating Secretary, and Treasurer shall first be selected from parents/guardians of current high school band members. The Alumni Representative must be a 3 or 4 Star Tiger Swing Band Alumnus. The Past Booster Representative must be a former voting member of the organization. If no parent/guardian of a current high school band member is available to fill the positions, other qualified individuals, who are approved by the current executive committee can be considered.



Frequently band booster volunteers working in concessions or other volunteer roles don't meet the definition of parents/guardians. Examples could include siblings, relatives, or boyfriend/girlfriend of a parent/guardian. In some of these cases, the individual would be willing to serve in a band booster officer capacity, but is prevented from doing so by the parent/guardian definition in the by-laws.

The proposed amendment would allow a non-parent/guardian, who has been approved by the executive committee, to have their name on the ballot for election as a band booster officer if, and only if, there is no parent/guardian willing to stand for election to that position.


More Information

Download a copy of the Constitution/ByLaws

Questions about the proposed by-law change may be directed to Jenn Smithhisler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).