Plymouth-Canton Marching Band

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Plymouth-Canton Marching Band
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School Plymouth-Canton Educational Park
Location Canton, MI
Founded 1972 (1972)
Director Jonathan Thomann [1]
Members 170
Uniform See below
Website pcmb.net

The Plymouth-Canton Marching Band (PCMB) is a nationally recognized marching band program located on the campus of the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Canton, Michigan.

Music program[edit]

The PCMB is part of a broader fine arts program offered in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. Its Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and Symphony bands have consistently rated among the best in the state of Michigan.[2][3] PCEP band students and alumni have performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra, the Michigan Youth Band, the National Honor Band of America, and the MSBOA All State Honor Band and Orchestra. The concert program is taught by directors Mike Wells [4] and Jon Thomann.

Winter programs[edit]

The PCMB also runs three very successful winter programs through the Michigan Color Guard Circuit and Winter Guard International. Both Winter Guards (A & World) have been State Champions [5] and the Open guard is a two time WGI Open Class Finalist.[6] The winter drumline formed in 2006, competing in "Open Class", though they did not travel to WGI Finals. From the 2007 through 2010 seasons, the ensemble competed in "World" class, earning three Finalist spots in that time. In 2011 the line was inactive. 2012 marked the return of the ensemble, where they competed, and continue to compete in open class. 2013 marked the first Open Class finals that Plymouth has competed in.

Plymouth Canton Percussion Ensemble WGI Placements:

·2007 - WGI Scholastic World Finalist, 6th place

·2008 - WGI Scholastic World Finalist, 10th place

·2009 - WGI Scholastic World Finalist, 13th place

·2010 - WGI Scholastic World Semifinalist, 16th place

·2012 - WGI Scholastic Open Semifinalist, 18th place

·2013 - WGI Scholastic Open Finalist, 6th place

·2014 - WGI Scholastic Open Semifinalist, 13th place

·2015 - WGI Scholastic Open Participant

·2016 - WGI Scholastic Open Participant

Staff[edit]

Previous staff have included Marc Whitlock (2003–2007), current music director for Discovery Middle School; Andy Ebert (2004–2007), current Visual Caption Head at Carolina Crown and West Bloomfield High School; Martin Montoya (2005–2008), current assistant director at Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas; Clayton Wachholz (2001–2003,2016); David McGrath (1995–2001), current Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia; Jonathan Ovalle (1995–2006), current Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Michigan; Steven McGuire (1998–2002) current assistant director at Mariner High School in Cape Coral, FL; Jed Leach (2007–2008), Current Percussion director for Georgetown High School in Georgetown, TX,; Rob Myers (1998–2000), current Director of Instrumental Music for Dallas ISD. Michael Brady Tarr (1993–2002), visual instructor/ clinician for various drum corps and marching bands. Alan Spaeth (1993 and 1997–2003) Color Guard and show design; Mitch Rogers (1992–2003), drill designer for the Stephen F. Austin Marching Band, Carlton J. Kell High School, Glen Adsit (1989–1994), current Director of Bands at The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut; Don Booher, Chris (Gale) Booher, Patrick Ruddy, Tom Fikes, Chad Jacobs, Jonathan Miller, Casey Swanson, George Hester, David Kline, Benjamin Clark, Mark Hart, John Shaw, Dan Arreola Ian Horste, and Sheldon Frazier (currently associate director at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA). Sean McElroy, Scott Beck, Emery Craig, currently in United States Army band, Dick Eathorne, and Ross Blackley.

Their current staff includes James Sparling, Percussion caption head, Noah Bellamy, visual caption head, Katie Hanka, BK, visual support staff, John Hartwick, brass caption head, Rachel Nelson, Color Guard caption head, Kevin J, Mike Wells, Assistant Director.[7]

Legendary drill writer Steve Brubaker wrote the drill for Plymouth's first national championship which also featured uniforms designed by Steve Cesario.

James Griffith served as Plymouth's Director of Bands until his retirement in 1994. Griffith is widely respected as one of the preeminent music educators in the state of Michigan.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Since the mid-1970s, the Plymouth Canton Marching Band has become one of the most consistent high school marching bands in Southeast Michigan. Within the state of Michigan, the PCMB has been a state champion 25 times, an honor shared with no other groups in Michigan, (both Fine Arts and Athletics), and only with one other group in the country: the Marian Catholic High School Marching Band. Upon entering the Bands of America in 1986, Plymouth-Canton has been a National Finalist (Top 12) all but three years since 1988. This has honor has been exceeded only by the Marian Catholic High School Band. The Plymouth-Canton Marching Band has won more than 500 awards in 16 years. The band has also been to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Tournament of Bands in 1992 & 1996, winning the prestigious competition both years.

Outside of the competition, the band has had the distinction of playing for Presidents Ronald Reagan, in 1986,[9] and George H. W. Bush, in 1992, marching in Orlando, FL, the 1974 King Orange (Bowl) Parade, the 1973 Rose Bowl Parade, the 1973 Battle of the Bands shown nationally immediately prior to the Rose Bowl Parade, the Hudson's Christmas parade Santa's band as well as representing the community in various parades throughout the summer. In 2011, the band marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

In 2016 the band will be marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Competitive results and repertoire[edit]

  • 2016 (2016): Tangled in Gold - Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist. MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Runner-up
  • 2015 (2015): E - X - O - MCBA State Champion
  • 2014 (2014): Don't Bother, They're Here - Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist. MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Runner-up
  • 2013 (2013): Inferno - Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist, MCBA State - 4th Place
  • 2012 (2012): The Last Dance - 12th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, Bands of America Pontiac Regional Champion, Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional-6th Place, MCBA State Champion
  • 2011 (2011): Ancient Gardens of Babylon - Bands of America Pontiac Regional Runner-Up, MCBA State Runner-Up
  • 2010 (2010): The Source - Bands of America Grand National Semifinalist, Bands of America Pontiac Regional Runner-Up, Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional-4th Place, MCBA State Runner-Up
  • 2009 (2009): Beneath The Surface - Bands of America Grand National Semifinalist, Bands of America Ypsilanti Regional Runner-Up, MCBA State Champion[10]
  • 2008 (2008): Kaleidoscope - 11th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist[11]
  • 2007 (2007): Out of the Shadows - 7th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, Bands of America Ypsilanti Regional Champion, MCBA State Champion [12]
  • 2006 (2006): The Passion Within - 9th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, Bands of America Ypsilanti Regional Champion, MCBA State Champion [13][14]
  • 2005 (2005): Performing Inside Out - 9th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Pontiac Regional Runner-Up [15]
  • 2004 (2004): The Trainman Cometh - 10th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion
  • 2003 (2003): Souls of the Gypsy Caravan - Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist, MCBA State Champion
  • 2002 (2002): Elasticity - 9th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion
  • 2001 (2001): Programme One - 3rd Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, Caption for Best Visual, MCBA State Champion
  • 2000 (2000): Reflections on Obsessions - 2nd Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, Caption for Best Music, MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Runner-up
  • 1999 (1999): Thoughtcrime, Music for an Orwellian Era - Bands of America Grand National Champion, Captions for Best Music and Best General Effect, MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Runner-up [16]
  • 1998 (1998): America, Land of the Free - 2nd Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, Caption for Best Visual (Tie|event= Lassiter HS, GA), MCBA State Champion
  • 1997 (1997): Where the Wild Things Are - 5th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion
  • 1996 (1996): Road to Oz - 8th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Runner-up, Fiesta Bowl Grand Champion
  • 1995 (1995): Prophecy of the Earth - 5th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Runner-up
  • 1994 (1994): Kiss of the Spider Woman - 6th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion
  • 1993 (1993): Jesus Christ Superstar - 5th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist
  • 1992 (1992): Sweeney Todd - 3rd Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Champion, Fiesta Bowl Grand Champion
  • 1991 (1991): Sunday In The Park With George - Bands of America Grand National Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Runner-up
  • 1990 (1990): Music Of Stephen Sondheim - Bands of America Grand National Champion, MCBDA State Champion, Bands of America Toledo Regional Champion
  • 1989 (1989): Sweet Charity - 7th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBDA State Champion
  • 1988 (1988): Singing in the Rain / The Music Man - 5th Place Bands of America Grand National Finalist, MCBDA State Champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Armbruster Bio from PCMB website
  2. ^ "Wind ensemble blows into Indy: Performance earns band a trip to national festival"Plymouth Observer, Front Page, March 10, 2005
  3. ^ "Musical Excellence: PCEP bands earn top ratings at district festival." Observer:, Page A2, March 15, 2007
  4. ^ " [Dave Armbruster Bio from PCMB website
  5. ^ Michigan Color Guard Circuit Hall of Champions
  6. ^ 2007 Winter Guard International World Championships Results
  7. ^ "Staff" PCMB, Retrieved March 14, 2016
  8. ^ "Former Teachers of the Year (1986)" MSBOA District 12, Retrieved March 6, 2007
  9. ^ "Ronald Reagan Rally" Retrieved February 6, 2008
  10. ^ [1] "Michigan Competing Band Association Website" Retrieved on November 8, 2009
  11. ^ [2] "Bands of America Website" Retrieved on November 16, 2008
  12. ^ "Band Scores 7th At National Contest" Detroit Free Press,November 19, 2007
  13. ^ "One of the best-again: Marchers 9th at national band competition" Plymouth Observer, page A4, November 16, 2006
  14. ^ "Regional champions: Plymouth-Canton marchers top 26 bands at Eastern competition" Observer & Eccentric, page A4, October 12, 2006
  15. ^ "Among the best of the best: Hometown marchers take 9th in the nation" Observer & Eccentric, page A3, November 17, 2005
  16. ^ "Plymouth band wins competition: School earns Grand National Champion title in Indianapolis" Detroit News, November 16, 1999

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