The Bellefontaine Marching Band traveled to Springfield Shawnee and Tecumseh to compete in an Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) band contest.
The band first traveled to Shawnee where there were twelve other bands waiting to compete. The bands that received a superior rating included Adena, Deer Park, Newton, Bellefontaine, Sycamore, Middletown, Groveport-Madison, Lakota West, and the host band, Shawnee.
The band left before awards in order to make it to Tecumseh on time for their performance. However, before departing the group was served lunch supplied by Bellefontaine’s First United Methodist Church (pictured left). They received walking tacos, pizza, apples, candy, and they were offered gloves, headbands, hand warmers, and tissues.
Listen to Michele Garver state why the church fed the band.
When Bellefontaine arrived at Tecumseh they were ready to warm up and compete against eighteen other bands. The band gave another fantastic performance and received a superior along with Bethel, Columbus Grove, Newton, Wilmington, Dayton Stebbins, Tipp City, Groveport-Madison, Sycamore, and Hilliard Bradley.
The Pride of Dayton also preformed for the other bands while the judge's discussed the winners.
Everyone in Bellefontaine was overjoyed with the results for the night and they are preparing for many tough rehearsals in order to receive a superior rating at state contest at the University of Dayton on November 10th. Band director Nick Pelfrey said, "The students put in a tremendous amount of work this week. Their efforts paid off with two of their best performances of the year. They should feel very proud of their accomplishments."
Listen to senior Nick Heydinger explain why the band got a one.
Listen to freshman Justin Clayton share his feelings on going to state.