Ferry to host OVAC showcase

MARTINS?FERRY — Nearly 1,000 students representing 15 OVAC schools are expected to participate in the fourth annual OVAC Band Showcase Oct. 19 at the Martins Ferry Purple Rider Stadium.

The event gets under way at 4:25 p.m. with the National Anthem and the first band performance is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. To close the showcase, bands will gather on the field and play together, unrehearsed.

“Regardless of the size of the band, or the style of playing, this is one halftime show after another,” said OVAC Executive Secretary Tom Rataiczak. “There is no competition, no first place award, no trophy. Every band is equal and appreciated. Support goes out from every fan to every musician on the field.”

A highlight of the showcase will be the appearance of the West Liberty University Marching Band, which will play the National Anthem and appear at the end of the showcase.

With exceptions made for games or other scheduling conflicts, bands perform from the smallest to the largest, according to the following schedule:

4:25 p.m., National Anthem

4:30 p.m., Buckeye Local

4:42 p.m., Hundred

4:54 p.m., Bridgeport

5:06 p.m., Paden City

5:18 p.m., Martins Ferry

5:30 p.m., Tyler Consolidated

5:42 p.m., Shadyside

5:54 p.m., Union Local

6:06 p.m., St. Clairsville

6:18 p.m., Toronto

6:30 p.m., Clay-Battelle

6:42 p.m., Bellaire

6:54 p.m., Steubenville

7:06 p.m., Brooke

7:18 p.m., University

7:30 p.m., West Liberty University

Tickets are priced at $4 for students and $6 for adults and are available at the gate only. Proceeds from the showcase will support the McDonald’s OVAC All-Star Band, which appears at the OVAC All-Star football game each year.

Showcase Coordinator is Benjamin McPherson, assistant principal at New Martinsville (W. Va.) School and a former music instructor. Committee members are Amanda McPherson of Wetzel County, W. Va. schools and former band director at Magnolia High School; Justin Schwertfeger, band director, St. Clairsville High School; and Julia Wayne, band director, Martins Ferry High School.

Additionally, Donald Taylor, band director at Valley High school has arranged one of the pieces the massed bands will play.

With 50 member schools in two states, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is the largest such organization in America.