The Lakota West marching band high-stepped its way to its third Grand Champion title of the season.
The marching Firebirds received its latest honor Oct. 19 at the Harrison High School “Sounds of the Stadium” marching band competition.
The nearly 300-member band was named Grand Champions at the Hamilton “Band-O-Rama” and Loveland “Drums Along the Miami” competitions this year, in addition to receiving awards for best percussion and best auxiliary/color guard at all three events.
The band’s superior ratings have qualified it to compete at the OMEA State Marching Band finals Nov. 2 in Columbus, where it will perform its show, “West Side Story,” under the direction of Greg Snyder, Phil Chumley and Tom Racic.
In September, the band received its second invitation to march in the internationally prestigious 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day.
The Firebirds became the first southwest Ohio high school group to march in the 2008 parade.
It’s also set to perform in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City
Band members are selling tickets for all-you-can-eat pizza for a fundraising event on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Uno Chicago Grill at 9246 Schulze Drive in West Chester.
The community can catch the marching Firebirds next when it performs at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at the Shawnee High School Band-O-Rama in Springfield.
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