St. John’s Marching Band performs at the Allen County Fair on Aug. 17. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
St. John’s Marching Band performs at the Allen County Fair on Aug. 17. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Damon Newell is beginning his fourth year as director of bands at Delphos St. Johns High School. He says the kids are all geared up and ready for a new year of marching.

“The marching band is comprised of junior high and high school students both,” he says. “They help pick out the music for the next school year and then practice it all summer long. We have four different half-time shows we are working on for this year.”

The marching band is entirely a show band. They march in several parades throughout the year including Canal Days and Memorial Day. They marched at Cedar Point a couple weeks ago and at the Allen County Fair this past. Most shows feature the percussion section playing “special” instruments like trash can lids.

“This year the band has increased to 54 students,” says Newell. “Compared to last year, we only had 39. It is exciting that we have a full low brass section consisting of two baritones, four trombones and even a sousaphone!

“The kids have worked hard all summer long. Several of them were able to attend a full week of band camp at Bluffton University this past July, and now they practice every Monday through Thursday after school. It is a great bunch of kids, they are great musicians and I am looking forward to what the year brings.”