After rehearsals and band camp, Dublin's bands last week marched into a new season of performances.

After rehearsals and band camp, Dublin's bands last week marched into a new season of performances.

More than 400 students in Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools participate in marching band and work began for them over the summer.

The Coffman High School marching band has the most participants: 227.

Director Jeremy Bradstreet said this year's show is called "Tug-of-War," and includes "Ride of the Valkyries," by Richard Wagner, "Blowin' In the Wind," by Bob Dylan, and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."

"The music is designed to highlight mythical war, the protest of war and the history of war," Bradstreet said. "On the field, spectators will see the band use a 140-foot rope throughout the show that implies the struggle between the different members of the band as they demonstrate the visual imagery of a 'tug of war.'"

Jerome marching band director Brian Stevens said this year's show, which will be performed by 108 students, was written for them.

"Our show this year is titled 'Reflections,' and the music is an original composition that I wrote specifically for our band," he said. "The music is based on a popular psalm by the English Renaissance composer, Thomas Tallis. The visual program will have many reflective elements throughout."

Scioto High School's 105 band members will perform a show called "Beethoven: The Original Deaf Jam."

"We're doing things that everybody's going to recognize," band director Jim Gray said. "Beeth-oven's Fifth Symphony opens our show, but this is Beethoven with a serious twist. If you've never heard Beethoven played as a salsa, you'll hear it here."

The show also includes a "lyrical moment based on Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. That is pretty much straight-up Beethoven: rich, dark, moody," Gray said. "Then we have a surprise right after that. I'm not going to tell you. I'd like people to come and see the show and see if they know what's happening."

The show will close with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, better known as "Ode to Joy."

All of Dublin's marching bands plan to take their shows to contests in the fall.

Gray said Scioto plans to attend contests at Westerville Central, Westerville North and Bellbrook.

"Then, of course, we hope to do the (Ohio Music Education Association) state finals and MidStates Band Association Championships," he said.

Stevens said Jerome "will begin its competitive season at the Northwestern Bandfest on Sept. 24." The band will also compete in the Pickerington contest and Shawnee and Tecumseh competition.

Bradstreet said the Coffman marching band would compete for the first time in the Bands of America "Grand Nationals" at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Nov. 10.

"This is a national-level competition that showcases 90 bands from across the country," he said. "If the marching band is successful in making the semifinals of this competition, they would perform again on Nov. 12."

The band also plans to attend four other contests and possibly the state contest Oct. 29.

All three Dublin marching bands will perform at the Dublin Band Showcase at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Jerome High School.