The 90-member Whitehall-Yearling High School marching band is well-prepared for the 2019 season, director Kelley Gilbert said.

But marchers will have to be patient. The band must wait until Sept. 13 -- the third week of the football season -- to play for a home crowd.

The Rams' home opener is that night against Dublin Scioto, but the band will have two performances on the road first, beginning Friday, Aug. 30, at Westerville Central High School.

The band, including the Ramettes and the Aries Guard, attended band camp Aug. 5-9 at Camp Willson in Bellefontaine.

The camp has been a tradition for the band since 1981, Gilbert said.

This season's shows are based on the score from the "Avengers" series of films, but several special performances are in the works as well, Gilbert said.

On Sept. 13, the marching band will perform a recap of its May show from the IPL 500 Festival Parade in Indianapolis.

The Rams marching band was invited to perform in the parade through downtown Indianapolis the day before the Indianapolis 500 as well as on the track during pre-race events on race day.

Among the numbers the band performed was the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun," with a nod to its lyric, "She makes the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race now."

On Sept. 27, the Rams will be joined on the field by the eighth-grade marching band from Rosemore Middle School to perform a medley of R&B classics, Gilbert said.

Oct. 11 is the school's traditional homecoming show, during which alumni join the current matching band to perform the "script Ram," she said.

The band will conclude the season Nov. 1 with its senior show, for which the senior members of the band will select the music and compose the drills, Gilbert said.

Apart from performances at football games, the Rams marching band is scheduled to play Sept. 14 at the Xenia Community Festival, Sept. 21 at the Jackson Apple Festival parade and Oct. 5 at a band festival in Logan.

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