At Worthington Kilbourne High School, our band program has an enrollment of about 200 student musicians. Our dedicated staff of instructors work to provide a comprehensive instrumental music program that includes four concert ensembles (selected by audition), marching band, jazz band, pep band, indoor percussion, and two winter guard units.
Students involved in our concert and jazz ensembles have annually participated in solo and ensemble adjudicated events as soloists and in chamber ensembles, various honor bands and All-State ensembles sanctioned by the Ohio Music Education Association. Our concert ensembles have commissioned works by award winning composers and have earned praise from guest conductors, composers, clinicians and adjudicators such as Alfred Reed, H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, Frank Battisti, Charles Pelz, Donald McGinnis, Russel Mikkelson, Milton Allen, Jeff Gershman, John Mackey, and Roger Cichy.
Our concert bands have performed for the Ohio Band Directors Conference, the Bowling Green State University Reading Clinic, OMEA conference, and MENC North-central Regional Conference. In 2008 and 2012 the band was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in the National Band and Orchestra Festival.
The marching band has received numerous awards at local and state level competitions in the Ohio Music Education Association, Mid-States Band Association and Bands of America circuits. The band has grown significantly over the past several years having about 65 members during the 2012 marching season and now building to about 180 members planned for the 2019 marching season. The band travels every two years and has performed in California, New York and Hawaii over the past decade.
About Our District Band Program
Worthington students begin band in the 6th grade at each of our 5 feeding elementary schools, which include: Worthington Hills, Bluffsview, Liberty, Granby, Brookside, and soon to be Slate Hill. Our 6th grade beginning band is separated into instrument specific classes that meet three times per week. Our elementary band programs feed into our two middle school band programs; McCord Middle School (Mrs. Meg Alexis, director) and Phoenix Middle School (James DeFrancesco, director). In middle school, band moves to heterogeneous ensembles and becomes a daily class in both the 7th and 8th grades.