The Wellston Golden Rocket Marching Band made the planned trip to Dayton on Sunday, Nov. 5 to participate in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Finals.
However, threatening weather prompted organizers at Welcome Stadium to cancel the event after it had already started.
Regrettably, organizers say the event cannot be rescheduled and the Wellston Band as well as many others did not receive the expected final opportunity to perform on a statewide and prestigious stage.
"It was still a good day, but it just didn't happen the way we expected," Wellston High School Band Director Josh Willett told The Telegram.
Willett reported the band arrived at Welcome Stadium and was scheduled to perform at approximately 5:30 p.m. Several other bands had already performed in the afternoon, but after a flash of lightning was seen at the stadium, the proceedings were stopped for a minimum one-hour delay.
As it turned out, the threat of severe storms moving into the Dayton area prompted organizers to cancel the remaining program and Willett noted there was even the report of a tornado touchdown somewhere north of Dayton. He was disappointed, but understood and was in support of the decision to cancel.
Willett says a final local performance of the band's competition show is being considered, perhaps in conjunction with the Band Banquet, scheduled for next Sunday, Nov. 12.
The Golden Rocket Marching Band had qualified for the State Finals for the 13th consecutive year on the strength of its performances in earlier competitions. Along the way, the Wellston Band had two first places, two second places and won a Grand Champion trophy.
The Wellston Band program and the Wellston Band Boosters would like to thank the community for the tremendous support it has received this season.
Via its Facebook page, the Band Boosters also provided positive information about the band's collective academic achievements. In the first grading period this school year, 86 percent of the Wellston band members, grades 9 through 12, achieved WHS Honor grades.
"They did this while staying after school every day until 5 p.m., rehearsing, performing somewhere every Saturday except Homecoming and continuing the legacy of State Finals qualification," the Facebook post stated. "Many of them also have jobs. Pride. Excellence. Success."