About the Marching Band
Parent Quote: "Both of my sons were part of the Turpin Band Program. Both have gone on to graduate from OSU; one a microbiologist and the other an engineer. They are polar opposites but agree on one thing. At a recent family gathering I asked them what they remember most fondly about high school and when did they have the most fun? Both of them answered almost simultaneously, “Marching Band!”
The Marching Band at Turpin High School is the largest student organization on campus with 120 students involved. The Marching Band consists of students from all bands, as well as color guard students who may not be in the band classes.
As a co-curricular activity, students in Marching Band receive .25 credits for participation in this class which meets entirely outside of the school day. A marching band member can also earn an exemption for the Turpin high school gym requirement through successful participation. Marching Band begins with band camp, which all participants are require to attend. Once school starts the Marching Band rehearses three times a week and performs at pregame and halftime of all football games. The Marching Band competes in 6-8 competitions on Saturdays during fall season.
The Marching Band has consistently been a state finalist and consistently one of the best bands in the state of Ohio in their classification.
The Marching band is the most visible organization at Turpin High School. Each year, the band entertains thousands of people State and Local competitions, football and basketball games, and parades.
The Marching Band is also consistently one of the very most successful organizations at Turpin and is known throughout the State as an elite musical organization.
Most importantly, the band is fun! Each year, the marching band is recognized as the most fun part of the school year among our students and parents. The marching band students share a camaraderie and sense of purpose that most other students can only imagine. Our students make friends and build relationships that last a life time! Marching band is not just a school activity, but a positively life changing experience.
Like everything that is worthwhile, participation in the marching band does take effort. Each year, students and parents voice many similar questions concerning participation in the marching band. If you do not see your question here, or you would like to discuss participation in the Marching band, please contact the band directors.
Who is eligible to be in the Marching Band?
All high school students are welcome to become members of the Marching Band. Prior training is preferred but not required. We will teach any student that has positive attitude. Students must be reliable, responsible, and have demonstrated good character in school!
Will marching band interfere with studies and school work?
The very best academic students at Turpin High School are often members of the Marching Band. Each year, many students are ranked in the top of their respective classes and our band students generally make higher grades during the competitive season.
Can I prepare myself adequately for an exceptional career or profession in the nation's top colleges or universities and still be a member of the marching band?
Students who participate in the marching band always graduate and almost always attend college. Not only do our students attend college, but they successfully enter and graduate from the nation's top colleges! Over the last several years our students have been admitted to the some of the top colleges in the country.
I'm worried that marching band will take time away from my friends and family.
Being on any successful team at the high school level takes time. However, students that participate in intense and competitive activities are almost always happier and socially adjusted than students that do not participate in these activities. Students that march or become involved in competitive sports are almost always happier, more accomplished, and more well rounded than students who are not in activities or sports.
Is it "cool" to be in marching band?
Some of the coolest people in the world got their starts as members of their high school marching bands including:
Samuel L Jackson-internationally acclaimed film star, regarded by many people as the coolest person ever, played french horn in his marching band.
Jennifer Garner-world famous model and movie star; Saxophone.
Halle Berry-Academy award winning actress and one of people magazines perennial "world's sexiest women"; Flute
Gwen Stefani-internationally known singer and recording artist; Flute
Kesha- Trumpet and Saxophone in the high school marching band.
Tony Stewart-successful stock car driver and celebrety; Trombone
Steven Spielburg-perhaps the most famous film director of all time; Clarinet
Travis Barker-famous drum set player for Blink 182; percussion.
Ewan McGregor-leading man in "Star Wars" and many other films; French Horn
Drew Carey-world famous comedian and game show host; Trumpet
Woody Allen-comedian, screen writer, producer, movie start; Clarinet
Johny Carson-Perhaps the most famous late night host in the history of television; Percussion
Gloria Estefan-Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and band leader; Clarinet
Nelly Furtardo-Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actress; Trombone
Any many, many more!
Marching Band Documents
New Section Leader Application
New Percussion Summer Availability Form
Marching Band Handbook
Marching Band Class Syllabus
PE Waiver Information
Marching Band Staff