The Olentangy Liberty High School marching band will compete in the Ohio Music Education Association state finals competition, Saturday, Oct. 30, at Dublin Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road, Dublin.

The Olentangy Liberty High School marching band will compete in the Ohio Music Education Association state finals competition, Saturday, Oct. 30, at Dublin Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road, Dublin.

The 62-member band has been practicing its winning performance, "Heartbeat," since late July, band director Travis Hicks said in an e-mail.

The show incorporates rhythm and blues and rock music as its predominant styles and is "difficult in tempo and meter," Hicks wrote.

"The concept is well-designed. You can follow the story line from the beginning to end without any difficulty. The students are also doing a great job in selling the show," he wrote.

The marching band consists of wind instruments, percussion and color guard.

"Heartbeat" was selected for competition for a number of reasons, such as the level of difficulty. It's entertaining and the students enjoy performing it, Hicks said.

"All factors that go into picking a show," Hicks wrote.

Laura Sams of the Liberty Music Booster Association said accomplishment has come with the marching band's "many hours of practice."

Sams listed the band's wins in an e-mail:

OMEA Licking Heights Competition, Sept. 11: second place in Class AA; best marching in class; best percussion in class; tied for best auxiliary in class.

OMEA Logan Elm Competition, Sept.18: qualified for the OMEA State Finals; second place out of 20 bands; field commander, Hannah Meixner earned the "Top Field Commander" trophy.

Mid-states Competition, Loveland, Oct. 2: grand champion in Class AA/A; best in general effects; first in class; best percussion; and best music.

The school's marching band has gone to state finals four of the past six years, Hicks wrote.

For more information, visit www.libertyhighband.com or www.libertymusicboosters.org.

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