Although the 2019-20 school year has just begun, the Dublin City Schools high school bands already have been working for weeks in preparation for the fall marching season.
Here's a look at what fans will see during the halftime of football games this year:
Jerome High School
The Dublin Jerome High School marching band attended band camp Aug. 3-10 at Camp Swoneky near Lebanon and focused on its repetition show, titled, "Bein' Green," said director Brian Stevens.
"I love how we bond and become a family throughout the season," Stevens said. "I wouldn't do anything else."
Home football games for Dublin Jerome include Aug. 30 vs. Central Crossing, Sept. 6 against DeSales, Sept. 27 vs. Hilliard Darby, Oct. 11 against Delaware Hayes and Oct. 25 vs. Olentangy Berlin.
The 176-member band also will perform in the Grove City Invitational on Sept. 21, the Westerville North Marching Band Competition on Oct. 5 and the Dublin Band Showcase on Oct. 19.
Band members also will go door-to-door collecting music program donations during the marching band's annual fund drive Sept. 5, Stevens said. The money is used for instruments, music and equipment, he said.
Scioto High School
Dublin Scioto marching band director Jim Gray said he is most excited about the group's show music, which is written specifically for the band by staff composer Nicole Piunno.
"It's great to start the process from nothing, just a musical idea, and an entire show concept gets written around it that only our kids will get to play," Gray said. The music focuses on a musical skill or concept he and Piunno want to develop in the 104-member marching band, he said.
Gray said he feels good being part of the students' growth not only as musicians but as young adults.
This year, home football game performances include Aug. 30 vs. St. Charles, Sept. 20 vs. Dublin Jerome, Oct. 11 against Worthington Kilbourne, Oct. 18 vs. Olentangy Berlin and Nov. 1 against Hilliard Darby, Gray said.
Coffman High School
This year's show for the 145-member Dublin Coffman marching band is "C'est La Vie," and it encompasses a young American's first day walking through Paris, said band director Jeremy Bradstreet.
Music includes George Gershwin's "American in Paris," Camille Saint-Saens' "The Swan" and a concert band composition called "Paris Sketches" by Martin Ellerby, Bradstreet said.
"There are many fun moments and sites to our thematic show that will take you to France for 10 minutes," he said.
Home football games for the Shamrocks include Sept. 6 against Gahanna Lincoln, Sept. 13 vs. Dublin Jerome, Sept. 27 against Pickerington North, Oct. 4 vs. Marysville and Oct. 25 against Westland, Bradstreet said.
The band also will perform Oct. 25 and 26 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at the Bands of America Super Regional, he said.
Band members also will perform in Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland-Croy Drive, Oct. 12 for the annual Band on the Run 5K, which benefits students by raising funds to help lower the cost of family fees, Bradstreet said. Funds also provide extra sound equipment and props.
"To see the students grow as young musicians and dancers along with the life skills taught and experienced through our program is what makes each year special," he said.