Hilliard Bradley High School has a new marching band director.

Hilliard Bradley High School has a new marching band director.

Andrew Rice, who most recently served as the assistant director of bands at Dublin Coffman High School, will succeed Mark Oppenheimer as director of the Bradley marching band.

Oppenheimer had directed the marching band since the school opened in 2009.

The first official act for Rice as Bradley's new director will be showcasing the marching band in the Hilliard Fourth of July parade later this year.

"Growing up in central Ohio, I was well aware of the reputation of Hilliard as one of the best marching bands," said Rice, 34, a 1998 graduate of Dublin Scioto High School.

Rice was a member of Scioto's marching band and first played in a middle school marching band.

"A lot of my family members played (in marching bands), including my cousins, for Grove City, and that really sparked my interest," Rice said.

Rice served as the assistant director of bands at Coffman High School for the past nine years. He was director of bands at West Jefferson High School for two years prior to joining Dublin schools.

Rice graduated with a bachelor's degree in music from the Ohio State University and a master's degree in music from Capital University.

He completed his master's degree while directing at West Jefferson and Dublin.

Rice said he applied for the job at Bradley High School upon discovering the opening.

"I saw it as an opportunity to move from the role of an assistant to that of a head director at a district well known for supporting its music program," Rice said. "I want to get started working with (Bradley's) kids and making them as proud as possible of the music they produce."

Rice and his wife, Staci, have a son, Garrett, 4, and a daughter, Ella, one month.

Rice officially was hired April 14 by the school board, which approved a one-year contract for $66,175.