The McNicholas Marching Band ended their competition season on Sunday, Nov. 7 where they placed 15th out of 29 bands at the Mid-State Band Association’s Championships at Simon Kenton High School in Kentucky. The band competed in five competitions in addition to playing at every home football game half-time show.
At the West Clermont Band Invitational, the Rockets placed 1st Class A and won best band, music, general effect, and visual awards. Other competitions and awards included:
- Lebanon-MSBA: 2nd place in Class A and voted the fan favorite
- Goshen-MSBA: 1st place in Class A and in all categories, band, music, general effect, percussion, and visual performance
- Reserve Grand Champions in Class A/AA
- Colerain: 1st in Class A and voted the fan favorite
Competitions are all-day events. Even if the band performs early, the awards are not presented until the end of the competition. Senior Jack Caccavari, who plays trumpet, said, “Mr. Nance always says, ‘The goal of today is to just put a better show on the field than you did last week.’”
For beginners in band, Caccavari and Colin Koran, a freshman who plays the baritone, both agree agreed that the community is very welcoming and students can start learning even if they don’t know how to play.