• History

     
     
    The Tippecanoe High School Band program has a long and proud history. The band currently prides itself on being one of the largest Class A band programs in the state of Ohio. The rich history of Tippecanoe's Bands has produced many alumni who are now successful individuals in the music field. The band also prides itself on having a long tradition of very successful music educators, who have helped shape the band program into what it is today.  Below is a brief history of the high school band program in Tipp City. If you have anything to add to this history, or any information that casn help us fill in the gaps, please contact us.
     
     
    Our Beginnings...

     

    Professor F. E. Staley was the first director of bands at Tippecanoe High School.  The band was an outgrowth of the High School Orchestra program. Instruments and uniforms were provided for this first band through contributions of the business and professional men of Tipp City. 

    The band's first concert was given at March 19th.  The band performed again on March 26th at the Bethel School auditorium.

    1927 THS Band
     
    Row 1: Howard Kyle - clarinet, Robert Trost - clarinet, Frederick Taylor - clarinet, Max Johnson - clarinet, Idonis
    Maxwell - snare drum, Victor Boone - bass drum Conrad Gillough - snare drum, Winfield Kessler - clarinet,      Sluttman - clarinet Robert Evans - cornet

    Row 2: James Partlow - trombone, Roscoe Smith - trombone, Howard Reaster - trombone, Clarence Jackson - alto horn, Marion Mason - alto horn, Herbert Clawson - cornet, Maynard Kiser - cornet, Ross Smith - cornet, Prof. F. E. Staley 

    Row 3: William Miller - trombone, Bne Moser - trombone, Byrkett - tenor sax, Cooper - alto sax, Kenneth Allen - tuba, Gilbert Jenkins - baritone.  Not Pictured - Eugene Mason - Cornet 

     
     
     
    Tippecanoe HS Band Hall of Fame
     
    In 2013 the Band Program opened the Tippecanoe HS Band Hall of Fame.  It features old Band Uniforms, all State Superior Plaques earned from Concert Band and Marching Band, the John Philip Sousa Award Plaques, and the Jeanette Gaston and Ellen Garner Memorial Awards Plaques.
     
    The Hall of Fame also includes the inductee plaques.  Qualifications for the Hall of Fame include:  
                               1. THS Graduate
                               2. Member in All State or higher honor ensemble
                               3. Outstanding contributions to the field of Music
     
    Current Members:
             1960 - George Schram
             1968 - Nancy Ditmer
             1975 - George Edge
             1988 - Steven Reineke
             2001 - Kurtis Gildow
             2002 - Stewart Blatt
             2003 - David McKeever
             2008 - Rebecca Leis
             2010 - Sara Sutton
             2011 - Emily Starcher
             2013 - Ryan Starcher
             2013 - David Stockler
             2013 - Megan Wolfe
     
    Come visit the Hall of Fame and see all of their Plaques and other displays there.
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Tipp City Band History Timeline

     

    1926 –             Band was formed from the orchestra.  Director was Dr. F. Edward Staley.

     
    1926 – 1930    Band director F. Edward Staley
     
    1930-1932       No mention of band
     
    1932 -1933      Band re-organized by Robert Hance of Wittenberg University

                                        *First mention of band playing at football games

                            * Local businesses and PTA sponsor band by purchasing new

                               uniforms and instruments

     
    1933-1938       No mention of band
     
    1938-1939       Band re-organized under Ted Tatgenhorst.
                                        *PTA sponsors the re-organization

    *27 members

     
    1939-1940       Band under the direction of Louis McKay.
     
    1940-1942       Band director was Miss Kern.
     
    1942-1944       Band under the direction of Mr. Douglas Thomas
     
    1944-1948       Band under the direction of Mr. Maurice Boshart      

     

     
    1948-1950      Arthur Eresman was the Tippecanoe HS Band Director from 1948 – 1950.  He was a
                            graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and the Eastman School of Music in
                            Rochester, N
    ew York.  After leaving Tipp City he became the band director at
                            St. Marys Memorial 
    High School in St. Marys Ohio and then in the Kettering School
                            District.  Eresman was also a professional musician who performed with the Dayton
                            Philharmonic for many years.
     
    1950-1954      William Moffitt was Tippecanoe High School's 9th Director of Bands.  He conducted
                            the band from 1950 - 1954. Click on the following link to read more about 
                                Mr. Bill Moffit
     
    1954-1956       Band under the direction of Mr. Day

                                        *In 1955 the band appeared on television

     
    1956-1972       Band under the direction of Mr. Stewart King
                                       
     
    1972-1975       Band director was Mr. Gene Braden
     
    1975-1977       Band director was Mr. Robert Gray.

                                        *1976 was the first Tipp City Marching Band Invitational

     
    1977-1980       Band under the direction of Gail Ahmed
     
    1980-1981       Band under the direction of Mr. Paul Parks
     
    1981-1989       Band director was Mr. Schmidlapp

    *Band performed at a Marching Bands of America (predecessor to  

      Bands of America) Regional competition

     
    1989-1990       Band director was Mr. George
     
    1990-1994       Band director was Mr. Mike Trego.
     
    1994-1995       Band director was Mr. Dave Wieser
     
    1995-1999       Band under the direction of Mr. Eric Doolittle
     
    1999-present    Mr. Steve Parks becomes the 21st band director of the Tipp City
                             School District Band Program 
     
    2000-2001       Jazz Band starts as an after school activity
     
    2002-2003       Jazz Band becomes a class during the school day
     
    2003-2004       Mr. Tom Chiera joins Mr. Parks on the director staff
     
                             The Concert Band is split into Concert Band and Symphonic Winds 
     
    2004-2005       Jazz Band is split into Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band which meet during
                                the school day
     
                            THS Marching Band receives straight superior ratings at the OMEA State
                             Marching Band Finals (first in school history)
     
                            THS Marching Band makes their first performance  at Bands of America
                            Grand Nationals in Indianapolis Indiana
     
    2006-2007      THS Symphonic Winds are selected to perform at the Bowling Green
                            State University New Music Reading Clinic
     
    2007-2008       Mrs. Heather Marsh joins Mr. Parks on director staff
     
                            The THS Jazz Ensemble is selected to perform at the OMEA State Music
                            Convention
     
                            The Marching Band and Symphonic Winds both receive superior ratings
                             in OMEA State Events in the same school year.  This is the first time in school
                             history that this has happened.
     
    2008-2009       The THS Marching Band is selected to perform in the 2008
                             ABC/IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia PA.
     
                            The THS Marching Band and Symphonic Winds both received superior
                             ratings in OMEA State Events in the same year.  This is the second year in a
                              row that the band has accomplished this.
     
    2009-2010      The THS MB finishes 4th place in Class A at Bands of America Grand Nationals
                                        - This is the highest placement to date
     
                            For the third year in a row, the THS Marching Band and Symphonic Winds both
                            earned superior ratings at OMEA State Events.
     
    2010-2011      The THS Marching Band and Symphonic Winds both receive Superior Ratings
                           at Ohio Music Education Association Events for the fourth year in a row.
     
     
    2011-2012        The THS Marching Band received a Superior Rating at the Ohio Music
                              Education Association for the 5th year in a row.
     
     
    2012-2013         The THS Marching Band received a Superior Rating at the Ohio Music
                                  Education Association for the 6th year in a row.
     
                                   Tippecanoe HS Band Hall of Fame opens. Thirteen THS Alumni are inducted
                                   at the first induction ceremony.  Mr. Stewart King help recognize the inductees
                                   and directed Symphonic Winds on their last selection of the concert. 
     
    2014 - 2015         The THS Marching Band and Wind Ensemble both earn Superior Ratings in the
                                 same school year.  This is the fifth time in school history that this has happened.
     
                                    Former directors Stewart King and Bill Moffitt are inducted into the Tippecanoe
                                    High School Director Hall of Fame
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
       
     
     

    John Philip Sousa Award

    The John Philip Sousa award is given to the top Senior Band member each year at Tippecanoe High School.  The recipient must be a senior, an outstanding musician, and a strong leader.  Listed below are the John Philip Sousa winners and their year of graduation.

     

     
    Year     Name

    57-58   Anita Long

    58-59   Dale Senseman

    59-60   George Schram

    60-61   Terry Hill

    61-62   Bob Simpson

    62-63   Sandra Mitchell

    Paul Harris

    63-64   Jill Eickoff

    Mike Bowling

    64-65   James Brundrett

    65-66   Tom Roeser

    66-67   Margaret Troy

    Craig Cairns

    67-68   Nancy Ditmer

    68-69   Ted Benham

    69-70   Dennis Karnehm

    Gary King

    70-71   David Calland

    71-72   Jean Ditmer

    72-73   Lynn Poince

    73-74   Martin English

    74-75   George Edge

    75-76   Tim Rasor

    76-77   Sarah Poince

    77-78   Annette Jones

    78-79   Steve Faulkner

    79-80   Sherry Wells

    80-81   Elizabeth Willis

    81-82   Bill Baker

    82-83   Lonnie Evans

    83-84   Joellen Myers

    84-85   Mark George

    85-86   Brian George

    86-87   Tim McAdams

    87-88   Steve Reineke ¥

    88-89   Lisa Springer

    89-90   Leslie Swank

    90-91   Jeanette Gaston

    91-92   Michael Parham

    92-93   Greg Brewer

    93-94   Sharon Hagan

    94-95   Matt Kerns

    95-96   Chuck Cantrell

    96-97   Matthew Spangler

    97-98   Lauren Holt

    98-99   Matthew Carity

    99-00   Elizabeth J. Dodds

    00-01   Kurtis Gildow ¥

    01-02   Stewart Blatt ¥

    02-03   David McKeever ¥

    03-04   Ray Dukes

    04-05   Andrew Kronenberger

    05-06   Kelly Sutton

    06-07   Matt Dansereau

    07-08   Kristen Reed 
                 Rebecca Leis ¥
    08-09   Andrew Wharton
    09-10   Sara Sutton ¥ - two time member
                             (All-State Band 2009, All-State Orchestra 2010)
    10-11 Emily Starcher  ¥
    11-12 Tyler Heinl

    12-13 Ryan Starcher  ¥

    13-14 Ben Donohoo
    14-15 Josh Taylor
     
    ¥ denotes OMEA All-State Ensemble Participation 
     
     
    Jeanette Gaston Memorial Scholarship
     
     
    Jeanette Gaston graduated from Tippecanoe High School in 1991.  She was a four year member of the band program and played the trombone.  Her senior year she was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award as top Senior Band Member.  The following year, Jeanette lost her life in a car accident returning home from college in Indiana.  The Jeanette Gaston Memorial Scholarship was founded in her memory to honor the band senior that most eximplifies her characteristics of hard work, reliability and leadership.  Listed below are the recipients of the Jeanette Gaston Memorial Scholarship and their graduation year.
     

    1992 – Cheryl Mains

    Glenn Parker

    Mike Parham

    1993 - Jason Kinder

                Greg Brewer

    1994 - Sharon Hagan

    1995 - Matt Kerns      

    1996 - Jenny Psczulkoski

    1997 - Brigitte Roberts

    1998 - Heather Kirchner

    1999 - Paul Sirucek

    2000 -  Curtis Sutton

    2001 - Eric Tollefson

    2002 - Greg Attenweiler

    2003 - Colleen Keppel

    2004 - Brandon Hipp

    2005 -  Lauren Taylor

    2006 -  Cora Davidson

    2007 -  Nick Makley

    2008 -  Jacob Zickafoose

    2009 - Alex Childs
    2010 - Allison Lehmkuhl
    2011 - Kyle Miller
    2012 - Greg Lehmluhl
    2013 - Dan McKowen
    2014 - Chelsea Adams
    2015 - Jordan Turnbill

     

     
    Ellen Garner Memorial Award:
     
    Ellen Garner was a 2010 graduate of Tippecanoe High School.  Ellen was a four year member of the Band program participating in Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, and Pep Band.  She played the Horn and Mellophone.  After graduation Ellen attend the University Of Cincinnati studying Fashion Design. In 2013, Ellen passed away after a house fire in Cincinnati claimed the life of her and another UC student.  Ellen had an incredibly positive attitude, a smile that would brighten any room, and never "met a stranger"  She loved the High School Band at Tippecanoe HS and everyone in it.  In 2013, the band program started the Ellen Garner Memorial Awards to remember Ellen and honor students who displayed her attitude and outlook.
     
    2013 - Kayla Vath and Kristen Wolters
    2014 - Kelly Whybrew and Emma Warner
    2015 - Brandon Slifer
     
     
     
     
     
    Ohio Music Education Association

    State Marching Band Finals results

     

    Ohio Music Education Association hosted the first Marching Band State Finals in 1980.  Below is the Tippecanoe HS Marching Band's results from State Marching Band Finals

     

    1981    II

    1982    II

    1985    II

    1987    I

    1990    II

    1991    I

    1993    II

    1994    I

    1995    II

    1996    I

    1997    I

    1998    I

    1999    II

    2000    II

    2001    II

    2004    I – Straight Superiors

    2005    I

    2006   II

    2007    I - Straight Superiors

    2008    I

    2009    I
    2010    I
    2011    I
    2012    I - Straight Superiors
    2013   II
    2014    I
    2015    I   
     
    Marching Band Shows and OMEA results 1999 - Present
    1999 - James Bond                 
                      - Excellent rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2000 - Jazz and Jarreau
                      - Excellent rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2001 - Beatles
                      - Excellent rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2002 - West Side Story
                      - Excellent rating at Local Marching Band Event
     
    2003 - Channel One Suite
                       - Excellent rating at Local Marching Band Event
     
    2004 - Latin Jazz
                       - Superior rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2005 - The Incredibles
                        - Superior rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2006 - El Sabor De Carnival
                         - Excellent rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2007 - Minimally Speaking
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2008 - City Nights
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2009 - Chronometry
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2010 - Atlantis
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2011 - Rhapsodia Latina 
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    2012- Night Watch
                         - Straight Superior Ratings at OMEA State Marching Band Finals 
     
     2013 - Invincible
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
    2014 - Unchained
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
    2015 - Cityscapes
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals
     
    Concert Band Classification and OMEA results 2000 - Present
    2000 - Class C Concert Band
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
     
    2001 - Class C Concert Band
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
     
    2002 - Class C Concert Band
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2003 - Class C Concert Band
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2004 - Class A Symphonic Winds
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
             - Class C Concert Band   
                        - Good Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2005 - Class B Symphonic Winds
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
                Class C Concert Band
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2006 -  Class A Symphonic Winds
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
                 Class C Concert Band
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2007 - Class A Symphonic Winds
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
                Class C Concert Band
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2008 - Class A Symphonic Winds
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
                Class C Concert Band
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2009 - Class A Symphonic Winds
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
                Class C Concert Band
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2010 - Class A Symphonic Winds
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
                Class C Concert Band
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2011 - Class A Symphonic Winds
                        - Straight Superior Ratings at OMEA State Concert Band Event
                 Class C Concert Band 
                         - Exellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
    2012 - Class A Symphonic Winds
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Contest Band Event
             Class C Concert Band
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Concert Band Event
     
     2013- Class A Symphonic Winds
                         - Superior Rating at OMEA District Contest Band Event
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Concert Band Event
              Class C Concert Band
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Contest Band Event

    2014 - Class B Wind Ensemble
                        - Superior Rating at OMEA District Contest Band Event
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA State Contest Band Event
     
               Class C Symphonic Winds
                        - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Contest Band Event
     
    2015 -  Class B Wind Ensemble
                        - Superior Rating at OMEA District Contest Band Event
                        - Superior Rating at OMEA State Contest Band Event

                Class C Symphonic Winds
                         - Excellent Rating at OMEA District Contest Band Event 
     
     
     
Last Modified on August 24, 2018