The seniors in the 2008 edition of the Marysville High School Marching Band have an opportunity to do something no other senior class has done -- earn four straight top ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band Finals.

The seniors in the 2008 edition of the Marysville High School Marching Band have an opportunity to do something no other senior class has done -- earn four straight top ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band Finals.

The band will aim for a "Superior (I)" rating at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Dublin Coffman Stadium.

"It's been a successful year, a fun year," director Bill Thissen told ThisWeek. "We have a nice bunch of kids to work with."

The band received "Superior" ratings at each of its four contests this season, including earning Reserve Grand Champion at three of the four events. Thissen noted the flag line earned overall first place twice, as did the drum line.

The band's show this year is a Latin-themed show titled "The Fires of Spain." Selections include "El Diablo De Los Lomas," "Bolero" by Ravel, "En Fuego" and "One More Time Chuck Corea."

You start in January putting a show together but it's September or October before you start getting some feedback on it," Thissen said. "Everyone seems to enjoy the show, from the kids to the parents to the judges. It's one of my favorite shows.

Thissen said this year's finals features a "tough panel of judges," but he likes the band's chances of earning a top score again.

"I think they're playing better this year than at this point last year," he said.