8/5/2017 4:00:00 PM Marching Vikings prep for busy fall Band has major increase in numbers, will sport new uniforms
Vinton County High School Band members (from the left): Kylie Ferrell, Kaitlyn Hall, Lexi Holstine, Morgan Hayes, Sage Dillon, and Sierra Isaac are pictured during one of the summer practices at the high school. The Marching Vikings have a busy fall planned with appearances at football games, parades, band shows, and a trip to Cedar Point. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
Vinton County High School Director of Bands Kevin Niese is pictured as he prepares the band for the upcoming fall season and school year. The band has grown from 43 members last year to 66 this year and will also sport new uniforms.
The Vinton County High School Marching Vikings Band has increased its membership, has new uniforms, and is busy preparing a couple of new shows as they get ready for the 2017 marching season.
Second-year Director of Bands Kevin Niese reports the ranks of the band have increased with 66 members this year as compared to 43 last year. He stated there are five senior members overall and Breanna Woodgeard would be serving as the field commander. Her fellow seniors will be: Brianna Campbell, Megan Comer, Cade Gray, and Taylor Mullins. He stated the band is ready and has a single goal in mind.
"I think the biggest goal we have is taking pride in what we do," Niese commented. "Our kids understand we do not want a good band, we want a great band." He stated his second year on the job is a better situation because he is now familiar with the students as he is working to improve their strengths and make them better musicians.
As for the public shows, Niese says they have one pop-music show and one country-music show planned for the season and the music should be appealing to a wide cross section of tastes.
As always, the band has several highlight events coming up. The Marching Vikings will be traveling to Cedar Point Park in Sandusky this fall for a performance. The band will also be performing at the Campbell's Market grand-opening ceremony that will officially celebrate the end of the county's food-desert situation. The band also will be marching in the Wellston Coal Festival and Jackson Apple Festival parades. It will also be performing at the Vinton County Air Show and Addison Band Show.
Niese also states the members will be going to band camp soon and are looking forward to the first football game. He says that will be Hall of Fame Night when the Vikings play Unioto in the opening game of the season. The band will be performing as the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is inducted, which will be composed of Jason Boothe, Scott Braden and Doug Lash.
Niese added the band will hopefully be ready for the football and marching season and the band members are hoping to get the opportunity to perform in the post-season playoffs. He is currently looking for dates for the winter holiday and spring shows. Director Niese is looking forward to an exciting and enjoyable school year.