Saturday was a very good day to be a Minuteman, particularly if you love music and happened to be in Hilliard.
Hilliard Bradley High School was one of the four settings for the 2021 OMEA State Marching Band Finals competition. A total of 44 bands competed at the event, with the Lexington High School Band of Gold stepping off at 12:15 PM.
When awards were announced an hour and a half later, Lexington received a “Superior” rating in Class A.
The school has a multi-decade record of success not only in the state marching band finals, but in other competitive band events.
According to the event website, “Bank competition has been a part of the school music scene in Ohio since the early part of the last century. The forerunners of the OMEA (Ohio Music Educators Association), the Ohio High School Band Association, and the Ohio School band and Orchestra Association were all formed, at least in part, to foster competition in the state.”
The current levels of adjudication began in 1951, and the first State Marching Band Final to follow the current OMEA designated format took place on November 1, 1980.
Hearty congratulations to the Band of Gold from 1812Blockhouse!
A video of the band at the 2019 State Finals, also at Hillard Bradley, can be viewed below.