Annual River View Marching Band Contest held

| October 21, 2019

WARSAW – It took 30 buses and 20 trucks to bring all of the students and equipment to River View High School on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the 38th annual marching band contest. More than 850 students performed on the football field at Don Rushing Stadium in front of a large crowd.

Ten schools, including River View, who performed an exhibition show, competed for ratings and awards against schools of similar size. There were nine major caption judges, who must be selected from the qualified Ohio Music Education Association list. Bands were judged on percussion, music, visual effect, auxiliary, field commander and timing.

Class C bands (schools with 300 or less students) competing were Coshocton High School and Union Local High School. Coshocton received a second place award, while Union Local received first place, best auxiliary and best percussion.

Schools with 301 – 500 students are class B. Highland High School received a third place award and Cambridge High School received a second place award and best percussion. Ridgewood High School received the first place award and best auxiliary.

Lexington High School and New Philadelphia High School competed as Class A schools (501 – 900 students). Lexington High School received a second place, best percussion and best auxiliary. New Philadelphia received the first place award.

For Class AA, schools with 901 or more students, Hamilton High School earned the second place award while Hilliard Davidson High School earned the first place award, best percussion and best auxiliary.

All marching bands, regardless of class, competed for best overall awards. Ridgewood High School earned best auxiliary unit. Union Local earned best drum major and best pit crew was won by Hamilton High School. Hilliard Davidson was awarded best percussion, best music and grand champion band at the competition.

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