In State Finals 17 Straight Years

Board Recognizes Band Excellence
Posted on 11/27/2018
Image of Firestone Band Drum Majors and DirectorThe Board of Education would like to recognize the Firestone CLC Marching Band for its outstanding accomplishments this fall.

The Marching Band qualified for the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Finals in November based on its performance at the District Contest where it was named Grand Champion. This marks the 17th consecutive year the Firestone Marching Band has qualified to perform in the OMEA State Finals.

In addition to its outstanding marks in the OMEA State Finals, the band was recently selected to perform in Chicago's Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade and was featured on Cleveland's Fox 8 News.

It should be noted that the Firestone CLC Marching Band has a long tradition of outstanding accomplishments including performances at Severance Hall and featured performances at the Ohio Music Educators Professional Conference.

The band is under the outstanding leadership of Dr. Kate Ferguson, who is joined by drum majors Cole Johnson and Hannah Kear. Cole, who also plays in the Jazz Band, is a senior in the Akron School for the Arts at Firestone and a four-year member of the Marching Band. Hannah is a sophomore in the Akron School for the Arts. This marks her second year as a member of the Marching Band, Hannah is also a member of the Firestone Women's Chorus.

Dr. Ferguson is well respected among band directors throughout the state. She has represented Akron Public Schools at the Ohio Music Educators Professional Conference, Bands of America and the Midwest Band Conference. She is considered an authority in instrumental pedagogy and music literacy. Dr. Ferguson truly embodies all of the qualities of a teacher leader.

In recognition of the Firestone CLC Marching Band's outstanding accomplishments, we would like to present Dr. Ferguson and her students with these certificates of recognition.

Thank you for continuing to shine a bright light on the arts in Akron Public Schools throughout the state and beyond.

Image of Firestone Marching Band Drum Majors and Director
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