Mason High School’s marching band is hoping to for repeat success at the annual Bands of America Grand National Championships.
Mason will be among more than 90 bands from across the country to compete in the event, considered to be the “Super Bowl” of competitions for high school marching bands, Nov. 14-16 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
The band has competed in the prestigious competition since 2000, but did not break through to be among the top 12 bands to compete in Grand National finals until 2011.
The marching Comets finished as the top-placing Ohio band and tenth in the nation that year. In 2012, they topped that record by finishing eighth in the nation.
Band members are hoping to make an even higher cut this year.
“We all live and breathe marching band,” Band Director Bob Bass. “(Band members) become emotionally attached to the show and their performance is heightened.”
The 311-member band began working on this year’s show, a slapstick comedy about marriage called ‘Till Death Do us Part,’ in June. The show features popular musical selections and choreography that includes hearts, bells and wedding rings, along with the words, “Just Married” and “I Love You.”
The band is set to perform at 11:15 p.m. Thursday. The top 12 bands will perform Saturday evening.