DMB to Host OMEA Contest on October 18

By , September 20, 2014 12:33 pm

Hello DSMB Families – Please read all of this exciting information fully – some key information for Scioto toward end of message…

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Dublin Music Boosters (DMB) will be hosting an Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Marching band adjudicated event competition, on Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 pm at Jerome stadium. Brian Stevens, Director of Bands for Jerome, will serve as the Event Chair.

The first annual Dublin Band Showcase. An OMEA adjudicated marching band competition where up to 10-12 or so visiting bands from across Ohio will be attending in competition. Our three Dublin bands will perform towards the end of the competition for OMEA rating and exhibition, allowing all Dublin band families to see all three Dublin bands perform. Admission will be $7 and $5 for students and seniors. There will not be advanced ticket or group sales.

DMB’s interest in hosting an OMEA event is another revenue opportunity for DMB to further support our three high school marching band programs. Proceeds from the Dublin Band Showcase will be designated to the three Dublin marching band programs.

In prior years – the three Dublin bands have performed for each other at an event called the Dublin Marching Bands Showcase. This started out simply as a way for each of the three Dublin high school bands and families to see each other’s competition show. It was mostly attended by parents and families of the three bands. The Dublin Band Showcase OMEA competition will now take the place of this event.

So what does this mean?

As our band travels to other OMEA adjudicated events for competition and OMEA rating this fall, DMB for the first time will be hosting our own OMEA competition where other bands from across the state will be traveling to Jerome stadium for OMEA competition and rating.

Why do bands need an OMEA rating?

Only bands that receive an OMEA rating of I (Superior) are eligible to compete in the state marching band finals.
(Since Scioto opened in 1995 – we have received ratings at state competition of I (Superior) every year!)

What are the ratings at an OMEA competition?

I – Superior

II – Excellent

III – Good

IV – Fair

V – Poor

What are the bands judged on?

Musical Performance – technical accuracy, intonation, rhythmic accuracy and tone quality

General Effect – takes into account all the elements in the band’s performance

Visual Effect – all visual elements (winds, percussion and auxiliary)

Visual performance – total movement responsibility of the individual performers skill, technique, form and control.

Percussion – musical presentation, technique, general effect.

Auxiliary (color guard)- musical interpretation, creativity, execution, timing, precision

How can you help?

The Dublin Band Showcase will depend on parent volunteers from the three Dublin HS band programs. Responsibilities have been divided up and shared by all three schools.

Coffman – All concession workers

Scioto – Parking attendants, Program development and advertisement sales, Judges Hospitality

Jerome – Several event operational areas such as: Tickets and Gates, Signage, Field Set-up, Director Check-In,
Trophies, T-Shirt sales. Watch for Sign-Up Genius emails to sign-up to help in some of these Jerome areas of

Please note that Scioto is in charge of a number of areas. One of immediate need is program development and advertisement sales. If you have experience with or know someone that has experience with printing, layout, advertising sales, etc., please contact Jim Gray.

Jim will also be the point of contact for any ads sold. Anyone can sell ads from people you know at your place of employment, business owners, and other people you do business with, such as attorneys, doctors, auto dealers, etc. The programs will be seen by around 2000 people.

Ad prices:

$50 for 1/4 page

$100 for 1/2 page

$200 for full page

Checks can be made out to the Dublin Music Boosters.

Look for Signup Genius emails coming soon about the other areas Scioto is responsible for.

Mark your calendars NOW to attend the first annual Dublin Band Showcase, Saturday, October 18, 6:00 pm.

Lisa McClellan

DMB – President-elect & Scioto VP

OMEA Results from 9/13

By , September 20, 2014 9:57 am

The band performed well at competition on Saturday, September 13.  This is the earliest in the season DSHS has ever gone to competition (the first week of the OMEA season).

Bands in Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) events are put into classes based on school size.  There were 3 bands in class AA (the largest class): Dublin Scioto, Lancaster, and Watkins Memorial.  There were 9 Bands competing overall.

DSHS came in 2nd in our class with a score of 228.25.   Lancaster was 1st with a score of 232.325.  Lancaster marched all of their show, while DSHS stood and played the third piece, and we still were very close to them.  That means we’re in good shape for future contests, which is what this competition was about; getting comments from judges and seeing where we stand.

DSHS MB did quite well in MUSIC.  We were first in our class with a music score of 83.2 (2nd overall, 1st place music score was 86.6).
Please note the next contest date is October 4.  The Band will do a double-header that day, going to Lebanon for a Mid-States Band Association Contest, followed by Teays Valley for another OMEA competition.
Keep watching the show as it will continue to not only improve, but evolve, with an end goal of having an awesome and entertaining show for OMEA Finals and MSBA Championships.

Community Concert THIS WEEK!

By , September 18, 2014 3:23 pm

The Dublin Scioto Marching Band will perform their first Community Concert of the season at Davis Middle School Stadium, Sutter Parkway, Dublin at 5:00 on Friday, September 19.

Band members will enjoy a meal (otherwise known as a Spread) provided by the Boosters, and then will take the field.  The band will perform some of their standards, such as the fight and pep songs, and will also perform their Contest Show, titled Pandora’s Box.

As an added incentive, Mrs. Barrett at Davis MS has challenged her band students:  take a flyer to the Community Concert, and ask one of the band directors (Mr. Gray, Mr. Chesser, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Lovell) to sign it, and they will receive a 15 point bonus!

Bring your friends and family for this fun, free event!


Enjoy the Firsts!

By , September 5, 2014 9:15 am

Parents,  the message below was actually intended for Band Directors, and was written by Scott Lang of Leadership Seminars.  Mr. Lang is heavily involved in helping develop leadership in your adults through the marching band experience.  We’ve taken that letter and modified it slightly for you:

The football season is FINALLY here. Gone are the long days of band camp, and now it’s finally time to see the kids perform!  YES!

This Friday night will be full of some very special “firsts.”  First time loading the bus. First time putting on a uniform.  First time in front of a crowd.  First time under the stadium lights.

It will also likely be full of some not so special firsts!  First time tear.  First malfunction. First time where the melody can’t be heard.  First time a freshman cries out of fear and another out of joy! Yes, Friday will be full of firsts, but not “lasts.” All of these things will occur again (and again and again).

Knowing how special this entire evening of firsts is, I encourage you to sit back, enjoy, and try and take it all in. There will be plenty of time for reflection and rehearsal, but this performance is different.


Enjoy the look of terror on the face of your first time marchers.  Enjoy the beaming smiles of parents. Enjoy being under the lights instead of the burning hot sun. Enjoy the look of pride you see in the seniors’ eyes. Most importantly, enjoy watching what they have created and how their lives have been impacted.


Friday night won’t be perfect. It may not even be good. But it sure beats the alternative: kids who have nothing to do, no friends to do it with, and no music in their lives!
Enjoy the firsts!

Dress Code Reminders

By , September 5, 2014 9:12 am

The Band will be wearing the summer uniform SHIRT to school on Friday’s.  We will wear the summer uniform ALL at the game this week.  At some point, as the weather begins to cool, we will start transitioning to Spirit Wear shirts and sweatshirts on Fridays.

Friday before a contest students will be asked to DRESS UP.  Most of the guys will wear shirt/tie; most of the girls will wear dresses.

MB Primer for Parents and Bandies

By , September 5, 2014 9:09 am

The Schedule Tab above is updated, with report times for each Friday night game added.  Competition report times will be added as they are known.

1) Report times are the times students are to be ready to begin whatever activity we have planned. If report time is 4:30, that likely means 4:30 on the field, in uniform, with instrument and gear, ready to start. So arriving at 4:30 is actually late.

2) Students are expected to stay with the band the entire time until dismissed by the directors, unless given specific “time off.”

3) “Time off” is that only in a loose sense. When in uniform especially, but nearly always, they are seen as representing the band as a whole, the school, and our community, as well as themselves. They are expected to act with maturity, manners, and class.

4) For away events, students are expected to ride the bus to and from the games as part of the unit. We take very seriously our responsibility for your child, and matching head counts on every leg of a trip is extremely important. Please do not request your child ride home with you from an away event to save time.

5) Should it be necessary for you to take your child early or will not be riding the bus back with us, (Ex.: we’re on a trip to Gahanna, you are going on to Zanesville to stay with family for the weekend) then please give the staff a written note at least a day in advance.

6) Note that some Competition days are often long days! Please keep those days clear for your child. While we have them we will often feed them, or at the very least provide opportunities for them to have meals. And they are ALWAYS welcome to do homework on the bus!! (We love teaching them time management skills!)

And lastly, you will probably hear your child talk about “row dinners”. These are times when their “row” in the band block, or maybe their section, will decide to go somewhere after school on Friday for a meal together. That is not a staff supervised activity, and participation by your child is solely at your discretion. Students have always been very careful, and we have not had any problems with this, but again, it is up to you.

I hope this helps clarify for new parents what will be happening on the upcoming Fridays and Saturdays.

Go Irish!

~~ Mr. Gray

Dublin Villager Article Features Scioto MB

By , August 27, 2014 12:09 pm



The Dublin Villager featured the Dublin Scioto Marching Band in its August 27, 2014 issue:  Here’s the article by Jennifer Noblit:


Band members say summer camps makes for better musicians


Marching band season begins with school, but students put a lot of work in before the first bell of the 2014-15 school year rang.

Dublin’s high school marching bands each travel to a week-long band camp each summer after pre-band camp work to learn the lion’s share of the shows they will take to competitions throughout the fall.

The Dublin Coffman Marching Band spent a week at Camp Bountiful in southeast Ohio the first week of August.

Both the Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto Marching Bands hold band camp Aug. 10-16; Jerome goes to Camp Swoneky outside of Cincinnati and Scioto goes to Camp Bountiful.

Scioto freshman Taylor Bungard said the camp was in the middle of nowhere and she had no cellular phone reception. But there wasn’t much time for phone calls, Bungard said.

“It was an experience,” she said. “It was a rough week, but I pulled through.”

Bungard’s biggest challenge at her first year of band camp came with a sudden switch of instruments from snare drum to pit percussion.

“I had to learn a whole new instrument and all the music,” she said.

The switch of instruments didn’t make Bungard very happy at first, but she got accustomed to the change, especially after talking to a senior who had done the same thing.

“He said it was a great experience and it’ll make you a better musician,” she said.

“There are lots of people I met in band in the pit during the week that I’ve created a strong bond with. I’m happy this happened in a way. I got to meet even more people and like the other kid said, I’ve become a better musician.”

Getting to know new people is one of the major benefits of band camp, said Scioto senior Max Wylie, who got to know people in his trumpet section and even outside it.

“I was surprised with people we didn’t know were coming, so it was a nice experience,” he said, adding that one band member hadn’t made pre-band camp, but did go to band camp.

“We got to know him and it was really nice,” Wylie said.

“With the other sections, it’s harder to get to know people, but I got to know quite a few freshmen from other sections. It was great to see them grow.”

Wylie said helping out band camp newbies is part of the job and Bungard said quite a few upperclassmen checked up with her during the week.

“Every day is a new adventure and you don’t know what to expect,” she said. “It’s terrifying but exciting.”

The week had students working on music in sectionals and out on the field learning marching for a competition show.

Wylie said this year’s show is his favorite even if it did bring a few added challenges when a new assistant director was brought in to change the band’s marching style.

“It put upperclassmen in the same class as the freshmen,” he said.

“We were all beginners in a sense … . In the end it will make what we do with the show a whole lot better.”

Being a senior also carried a few extra responsibilities for Wylie.

“I had to go down to camp early and prepare,” he said.

“We set things up for when everyone arrived the next day and checked cabins to make sure they had everything,” Wylie said.

“Then at the end we stayed behind and packed everything up and then got back and unloaded it. It was tiring, but we got through it in record time.”

The week was challenging, but it served as a learning experience, the musicians said.

“There was so much I didn’t know going into this,” Bungard said. “You’ll be amazed by how far you can push yourself.

“I pushed myself past the point I thought I had so many times. You learn the actual you and learn yourself as a person and how strong you physically and mentally are.”


Monday night, and all is well…

By , August 11, 2014 9:55 pm

Lisa McClellan reports from Band Camp that all is well…  (That’s all the details I’ve got!)

Concessions Signup

By , August 11, 2014 6:16 pm

Volunteers are needed to help with Concessions! Concessions are the Dublin Music Boosters’ top fundraiser, and help fund music programs at all Dublin schools, at all levels. The most visible volunteers are found at the five home varsity football games each season, but DMB provides concessions service for sports year round, for girls’ and boys’ sports.

Please go to and join in the fun!

Fund Drive 9/3/14

By , August 11, 2014 9:50 am

Mark your Calendars!

The 2014 Fund Drive will take place on September 3, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Music students will go in teams to canvass assigned neighborhoods to collect donations that help fund music programs throughout the District. Adult drivers are needed as well. Student participation is mandatory (and is also more fun than it sounds)! Wear your summer uniform polo.

Parents, we need your help in two ways: 

First, the Boosters will be providing dinner to the kids, since it will be a tight schedule (practice ends at 5:30PM, the Fund Drive begins at 6:00PM!)  Donations of soda, water, chips, and cookies will help round out the menu.  Please enter this link to access the signup genius:

Secondly, we need drivers!  25-30 drivers are needed to cover our assigned area.  The driver is teamed with 2-4 students, drives students to the assigned neighborhood, and watches (and waits) as the students go door-to-door asking for donations.  At the end of the evening, the driver and students return to Scioto and turn in their donations. A (separate) signup genius will be sent out soon.

Thank you in advance for your assistance making the Fund Drive a success!




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