Information courtesy of VWHS Band

VAN WERT — Following an outstanding District Contest showing in early March the Van Wert High School Symphonic Band will travel to State Contest this Saturday, April 22. The group will perform as part of the Ohio Music Education Association State Band and Choir Finals. This is the 12th time in 13 years that the band has qualified for State Contest.

As part of an intense week of preparation the band will present a “State Preview Concert” on Wednesday at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

This informal concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature the band’s three contest pieces. Wendi Davis from Cory-Rawson High School will be a guest clinician. Davis will rehearse the band following the concert. The public is encouraged to attend this free concert.

The Symphonic Band will perform at State Contest on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Findlay High School Auditorium. They will be performing a challenging Class B program that includes “Aces of the Air” by Karl King, “Eire” by Melanie Donahue and “Reckoning” by Michael Markowski.

Following their performance, the group will not have to wait long to find out their final rating as they will be posted in the cafeteria shortly following the performance. Regardless of outcome it should be noted that making it to State Finals is an outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations are certainly in order to all of the band students on an outstanding year.

It should be noted that OMEA regulations prohibit the use of any audio or video recording devices including (but not limited to) cell phones, cameras (still or motion), tape recorders, or any other recording device. Failure to comply may result in the disqualification of the school.

Following State Finals, the band will continue to prepare for spring performances including the spring concert, VWHS graduation, and the Peony Parade. For more information on any of these events please visit the VW Band website at, “like” them on Facebook at Van Wert Bands Information, follow them on twitter @vwbands or call the Music Department at 419-238-3722.