TOLEDO, Ohio — Those Friday night lights are ready to burn bright and local high school marching bands are also ready to shine with their halftime shows!
Each week, WTOL 11 will feature one marching band, film their halftime show and present it to you on wtol.com and on our free news app, which you can download here: https://interactive.wtol.com/appredirect/
Week five's Band of the Week is "The Big Band from Panther Land!"
The Whitmer High School Marching Band spends long hours making sure that they put on a show that everyone in the crowd can enjoy year-round.
The band has a pretty cool tradition by starting the season in the halls before hitting the gridiron for the first game of the year.
Enjoy the full half-time show from Sept. 17 and week five's Band of the Week!
Week four is a special edition, featuring two bands coming together as one to perform a half-time show for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
The Northview Wildcat Marching Band and the Napoleon Wildcat Marching Band will perform together Friday during their game.
"Being the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we felt it most appropriate to COMBINE our efforts at halftime and remember those who were lost, thank those who do and have served and celebrate our great nation," explained Northview's band director, Nathan Heath.
A combined 260 piece band took to the field from both schools.
"Our students know that what they do is more than just demonstrating their talent and ability in music. The high school band experience is so much more, it is a family atmosphere, a collaborative endeavor, and a community outreach that allows us to shine a positive light to those who watch us perform," said Heath. "Being that it is the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and despite the (at times) negative climate of our country over the past several years, it is nice to take the time to pay our respects to those we owe, remember those we owe and celebrate who we are as an American people."
Enjoy the full half-time show from Sept. 10 and week four's Bands of the Week!
Week three takes us to Oregon for the Clay High School Fighting Eagle Marching Band!
110 members march with the Clay Band. The band is a show band and performs a new show for every home game.
Enjoy the full half-time show from Sept. 3 and week three's Band of the Week!
For week two, we headed to Whitehouse to check out the Anthony Wayne Marching Generals.
Check out their full show below!
Known for their “high stepping” style of marching, the Anthony Wayne Marching Generals band is also easily recognizable for their unique uniforms modeled after the Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. The Marching Generals band has 150 members.
The Generals perform at all Anthony Wayne football games, many local parades, and other civic events. Past performances have included The Indianapolis 500 Parade, The Magic Kingdom Share a Dream Come True Parade, The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, The America’s Thanksgiving Parade, The Kentucky Derby Parade, The Chicago Magnificent Mile Parade and the London New Year’s Day Parade.
Here's a look behind the scenes of the Marching Generals!
The first feature took us to Perrysburg to check out the Perrysburg Marching Yellow Jackets.
The band members have been hard at work since the beginning of August, undergoing pre-camp rehearsals that started back on Aug. 2 and then a full-fledged band camp, complete with a parent show at its conclusion. These student musicians, flag corps members and twirlers put in hours and hours of hard work to come together as one cohesive unit on the field and in the stands.
And now... welcome to the field your Perrysburg Marching Yellow Jackets!