Band director: Dr. Ishbah Cox

Name of high school: Olentangy Orange High School

Band’s official name: The Marching Pioneers

Band director: Dr. Ishbah Cox, director of bands

Field commander(s): none

Total number of band members, including color guard/flag corps: 240

Number of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen: 60 seniors, 58 juniors, 62 sophomores and 60 freshmen

Date of first home halftime show: Friday, Aug. 24 against Worthington Kilbourne

Date of homecoming game: Friday, Sept. 14 against Big Walnut

Theme of homecoming halftime show: TBA

Marching band’s season theme: “Can’t Tame Us!”

Scheduled special performances and competitions:

• Aug. 10 -- Post Band Camp performance, 7 p.m. at Pioneer Field, OOHS

• Sept. 22 -- Tiger Swing Band Review in Massillon

• Sept. 29 -- Oak Hill Fall Band Festival in Oak Hill

• Oct. 6 -- Jonathan Alder Band Festival in Plain City

• Oct. 7 -- Columbus Italian Festival and Parade

• Oct. 18 -- Circleville Pumpkin Show Parade in Circleville

• Nov. 15 -- Friday Night Live at Olentangy Orange High School Theater

• Nov. 16 -- Friday Night Live at Olentangy Orange High School Theater

• Nov. 17 -- Friday Night Live at Olentangy Orange High School Theater

• Nov. 18 -- Friday Night Live at Olentangy Orange High School Theater

• Nov. 22 -- Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Name of band boosters: POPArts (Patrons of Orange Performing Arts)

Band’s or boosters’ website and social-media links:

• Band website -- marchingpioneers.com

• Booster website -- popartsolsd.com

• Twitter -- @orangebandfans

• YouTube video -- https://youtu.be/nl-Wecahb5M

Additional details and/or comments from band director:

The Olentangy Orange High School band performs in a collegiate style and is best described as a show-style marching band that incorporates precision drill and dance routines into their performances.

During parades, the Orange band not only plays selections from their list of contemporary songs but also performs a number of drum cadences. Because of their style of performance, the band does not routinely participate in marching band competitions but rather performs at band festivals, sporting events and parades. In addition to entertaining crowds at Friday night football games, the band has been busy entertaining crowds all around the state this year.

The band members’ level of musicianship is reflected in the band receiving superior ratings at the district and state Level I Large Group adjudicated events, their numerous high marks received at OMEA solo and ensemble competitions and the many band alumni currently performing in collegiate bands around the country.

-- Compiled by Kelley Youman/ThisWeek