Reynoldsburg High School
Musical theater inspires band's competition show
Fans of musical theater, rejoice -- especially those who were fans of the defunct television show Smash.
The Reynoldsburg High School Marching Band will dance-step into musical theater this year with a program called Let Me Be Your Star.
Assistant Band Director Vincent VanSlyke said the band's competition show this year features songs from Smash, which ended a two-season run on network television in the spring.
"It's a volatile, fast-paced show, including Color Guard member and Reynoldsburg High School vocalist Brooklyn Grace as our featured vocalist," he said.
Songs include Let Me Be Your Star; Let's Be Bad; History is Made at Night; 20th Century Fox Mambo and Don't Forget Me.
VanSlyke said 116 students are in the marching band this year.
They learned marching moves and the music for the new show at band camp held July 28 through Aug. 2 at Pilgrim Hills in Brookhaven, Ohio.
Besides doing halftime shows at the high school football games, the marching band will perform in competition Sept. 28 at Canal Winchester High School and at Lancaster High School; Oct. 12 at Teays Valley; Oct. 26 at Bloom Carroll and Nelsonville-York high schools and Nov. 2 at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) state marching band finals.
Competition times and the location of the OMEA final have not been announced.
The marching band's first appearance of the season was Sept. 14 at Licking Heights High School.
"Compared to the rankings, we didn't do so hot (at the competition)," VanSlyke said. "But compared to that same competition last year, we were a full 13 points better and received all 2 and 1 ratings, when we scored some 3 ratings last year. There was much improvement, even though the results may not show that very well."
The community will have a chance to support the marching band when members canvass neighborhoods from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5.
"The students go door to door through the whole city and ask for donations to help the band program," he said. "It is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year and usually goes well."
Jason Gibson is the band director; Chris McKenzie is percussion instructor; Brian Ellerman is assistant percussion instructor; Holly Kincaid is the Color Guard instructor and Jordan Moore is the assistant Color Guard instructor.
Don Wells and Mike Jones are president and vice president, respectively, of the Reynoldsburg Band Boosters.
VanSlyke said the band is getting better with each practice and performance.
"Students are buying into the intensity of the show and displaying it with much-improved marching technique and musical emphasis," he said. "The band is doing really well for this portion in the season and we're excited to gradually improve even more."