The Proviso East High School marching band took on all comers at its 11th annual Battle of the Bands at the Proviso East football field on May 25.
Featuring the Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) High School marching band and the Rich Central High School drum line, it was an afternoon of competing musical talents and fun for the approximately 300 people who came to watch. The Battle of the Bands included a parade in Maywood to the school, followed by performances that included the Proviso East High School Alumni Band and the Jesse White Tumblers. In addition, DJ K-Blaze, also known as Kendrick Campbell, a Proviso East graduate, members of music fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha, and the Proviso East Pirateer Dancers provided entertainment between acts.
"I thought it was a good event," said Mr. Reginald Wright, band director at Proviso East. "I thought it was good for our community. Everyone was out there to hear the music."
The competition itself featured the bands and drum lines performing, with judges critiquing them on their music, marching, flag auxiliary, and percussion. Trotwood-Madison High School was the eventual winner in the drum line and in the overall categories.
Mr. Wright said that Trotwood-Madison has grown from its earlier years at the Battle of the Bands, winning the last two years.
"The group with Trotwood, we’ve had a good relationship," Mr. Wright said. "It’s a very friendly rivalry."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the Battle of the Bands is a good showcase for Proviso East.
"The Proviso East marching band is one of the many groups that we take pride in at Proviso East," he said. "The Battle of the Bands has been among the premiere high school band events in the area."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, agreed, saying that the Battle of the Bands continues to show the excellent aspects of Proviso East and District 209.
"I have attended every Battle of the Bands event at Proviso East since my arrival," she said. "The Battle of the Bands is a great showcase for the talents of our marching bands, and Mr. Wright should be commended on the work that he is doing. We need to continue growing this event so that even more people can see what excellent students and teachers we have."