Football: Playoffs @ Centerville

Friday, November 3, 2017

  • 4:30p Report, dress and load equipment.

  • 5:00p Load buses and depart for Dublin Scioto.

  • 6:30p Arrive and warmup.

  • 7:30pKickoff.

  • 9:45p Game ends (approx.).

  • 10:15p Depart for Darby.

  • 11:45p Arrive at Darby, unload and go home.

Game ending times are approximate and depend upon the length of the game.

Halftime: Segments 1, 2, 4 (but not 5)


Full uniform: band pants and jackets. Band shoes with high black socks (no markings). Gauntlets, gloves, hats. Students should wear gym shorts and a white or gray T-shirt under their uniform. Long hair needs to up and off of the collar.

Bring your band bag with your raincoat inside. Write your name in sharpie on the inside of your raincoat!


Bring a snack for the bus ride to the game. We won’t be able to get dinner until we can visit the concession stand after hafltime.

Playoff Rehearsals:

During playoffs we will rehearse on Thursdays only from 3p-5p. Rehearsals will end if and when the team is out.

OMEA State Finals Recap

As you know, we hosted 41 other bands from across the state at OMEA State Marching Band Finals on Saturday. I’m pleased to say that we were one of only 10 bands to earn all Superior Ratings that day- congratulations to everyone! That’s definitely an achievement to proud of!

(No points are awards are given at State Finals, only ratings.)

Thank You To Parent Volunteers:

Having never hosted an event of this magnitude before, I was so impressed by the effort put forth by our parent volunteers! We welcomed thousands of students and spectators for 12 hours of performances. Managing the parking and concessions was a big undertaking, but our Darby Music Boosters were definitely up for the challenge!

I’d like to thank the dozens of parent volunteers who helped make the event a success, including set-up, concessions, traffic and parking, clean-up, volunteer check-in, money handling, etc. It’s a blessing to have so many great people who are willing to give of their time.

I would especially like to thank:

  • Troy Stauffer, who acted as the site manager and spent many hours planning and then running our portion of the event.

  • Shad Bosh, who worked closely with Troy throughout the planning process and worked tirelessly throughout the day solving problems as they arose.

  • Dave Schoeff and his concessions team.

  • Julie Kurtz, who was instrumental in planning and managing the event.

  • Rob Cope and his transportation and prop crews, and Jaime Alexander and her uniform team, for their usual amazing job of making sure we were ready to perform.

Again, thank you to everyone who helped us through our first time hosting State Finals!

Skull Session Performance

Next weekend, on Saturday, November 11th, is our Skull Session performance with the OSU Marching Band! This is shaping up to be a huge game for OSU, and that will mean the Skull Session will have likely have a huge and energetic crowd!

As a former member of the OSUMB, I am really excited to give our students the opportunity to be a part of this special tradition. Skull Session was always my favorite part of game days!

What Is Skull Session?

The OSU Marching Band has been in existence for well over a century, and began holding pre-game rehearsals in the early 20th century. These rehearsals were for a last-minute review of the day’s performance and were known as “skull sessions”.

Over the years these rehearsals began to draw a crowd, until at some point they became the pre-game concerts they are today, held in St. John Arena and drawing thousands of fans each Saturday.

We will be performing music from our season before the OSUMB arrives to skull session, beginning 3 hours before kickoff. The OSUMB starts playing around 2 hours before kickoff, and we will be featured for a song or two during their concert, as well.

Skull Session are free to the public, although parking is not- we hope to see everyone there!

The kickoff time for the game was finally announced yesterday, so our schedule is as follows:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • 6:00a Report and dress.

  • 6:30a Load buses and depart for OSU.

  • 7:30a Arrive and park.

  • 8:15a Leave for St. John arena.

  • 9:00a Performance begins.

  • 10:00a OSUMB performance begins.

  • 11:00a Skull Session ends.

  • 12:00n Load buses and depart for Darby.

  • 1:00p Arrive at school, unload, and go home.


Marching Band Awards

Please put our annual Marching Band Awards night on your calendars- 7:00p on Monday, November 20th in the PAC. This evening is our chance to look back over the season and celebrate the achievements of all of our students.


Quick Bytes

  • I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered for the State Marching Band Finals this week.   With the new location and responsibilities of hosting, this was no simple undertaking.  Not only did we have to run a good portion of the event, we had to be there to support the students with their performance (which was AMAZING, by the way).  While I know there were lots of individuals involved, I need to thank some folks that made the event possible and were there the whole day from start to finish.  I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with – Troy Stauffer, Shad Bosh, Dave Schoeff, Greg Miller, Maria Schaefer, Linda Pratt, Fred Hoop, AND our fabulous directors – Nick James and Jeremy Kozman.  I want to also thank Linda Denison for her help with securing lights for the practice fields.  While everything didn’t always go as planned, we worked together and made adjustments and moved on.

  • Next Wednesday, November 8th is our first annual band volunteer appreciation night.  The event will take place at 7pm at Nasty’s Sports Bar & Grill.  This event is for ADULTS ONLY please and you should have received an evite invitation.  If you did not, please let Liz Hassay know at  Please join us for a relaxing evening of thanks – no work required.  As a side note, if you have shoes to donate for the shoe drive, feel free to bring those to the event for collection.

  • All remaining cash and carry spirit wear items are available for purchase in the Charms online store (payments accepted via PayPal).  This includes “The Bridge” sweatshirts (very limited quantities), long sleeve tees and short sleeve tees.  You can also find most sizes of the men’s gray soft shirt with the band logo (panther head) as well as women’s tank tops.  What we have in stock is listed!!!!

  • We are collecting gently worn, used and new shoes.  Our shoe drive will run through December 1st. Collection boxes are located in the Darby high school office and the Darby band room.  Spread the word to your friends, coworkers, family and neighbors!  If you have any questions, please call Paula Hendrix at 614-439-5177.

  • Join the Hilliard Darby Band Family Facebook page so you don’t miss out on pictures and announcements.  It is a wonderful place to share information.  You are also invited to like the Hilliard Darby Music Boosters page as well so you can keep current on Darby music program activities.

Thank You!  Go Panthers!

Julie Kurtz

VP, Hilliard Darby Music Boosters




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