Marching band members excited to compete

| October 18, 2021

The River View Black Bears hosted the  Invitational Marching Band Show on Oct. 16. The participating bands included Union Local, Coshocton, Ridgewood, Meadowbrook, Cambridge, New Philadelphia, Westerville South, Lancaster, and River View.

Keith Watson, band director at River View High School said he was excited to be hosting local bands from Ridgewood, Coshocton, Cambridge, New Philadelphia and outside the area. “We’re pleased to have great weather when we thought we were going to have rain. It’s sunny and just a beautiful day. We couldn’t ask for a nicer event. I’m excited to be back in the competition circuit this year having our show. It’s always fun to host and perform in our own show,” he said.

River View Senior Makayla White  plays the snare drum and battery percussion. She has been a marching band member for four years and a band member eight years overall. She was pretty excited because they didn’t have the show last year, so it was nice to be back for her last home show. “I’m pretty excited for all of that and I think we’re ready for it,” she said. “We have been practicing a lot. There was no football game last night, so we all came in and had a three hour practice just to be prepared for today.”

Seventeen year old RV Senior Matthew Cullison has played the snare for the last two years and bass his first two years of high school band. He has been in pep band all four years and Caribbean. “I am stoked to be back out on the field, it is so great,” he said. “Overall morale went down last year because we couldn’t compete. Competing is what we did and it’s a great feeling to get back out on the field and perform for an audience.”

River View Junior Grace Cullison has been in color guard for three years. “I am super excited to get back out there again because I really missed doing it last year,” she said.

Coshocton Senior Kaitlyn Grundy has been in band for four years and plays baritone low brass. “I am super excited about this year because last year it was taken away from us so this year I am really grateful for this,” she said. “It’s my senior year and I get to do it. I love being with all the new people and all the rookies. They are all super nice and I like trying to help them. They are all really nice.”

Senior Alexis Caley, band president, plays first trumpet and has been in band for five years. It’s a great feeling to do what you love with people that you love,” she said. “When we come out here together and show everyone what we’ve been working on it’s a great feeling of success.”

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