AKRON, OH – You could call it “the luck of the Irish”. Driving rain that threatened to cancel St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s Marching Band Show on Sat., Sept. 8, gave way to a stunning crisp and clear evening by showtime. It was the ideal backdrop for the host high school’s seventh annual marching band show.
Well over 1,000 were in attendance to cheer on the energetic performances of eight area high school bands. Those who strutted their stuff included the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders, Manchester Panthers, Mogadore Wildcats, Rittman Indians, Rootstown Rovers, Springfield Spartans, Woodridge Bulldogs, and St. Vincent-St. Mary (STVM) Fighting Irish.
A spectacle of brass, woodwinds and percussion played all types of music from show tunes to pop favorites, as sequins and high kicks, low splits, triple baton twirling and intricate drills graced the John Cistone field at the home of the Fighting Irish on Maple Street in Akron.
“The show was a great success,” said STVM Director of Music Brian Campbell. “All of the bands participating did an outstanding job. It’s great to see all the bands come together and cheer for each other.”
Campbell has been with STVM for the past 14 years. In addition to Marching Band, he is also advisor for the school’s Pep Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Pit Orchestra.
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School is a four-year, co-educational, college preparatory Catholic high school. The school has been an integral part of the Akron community for more than 100 years.
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