The Voice of the Tyrone Area High School

Tyrone Eagle Eye News

Breaking News
The Voice of the Tyrone Area High School

Tyrone Eagle Eye News

The Voice of the Tyrone Area High School

Tyrone Eagle Eye News

Tyrone Marching Band Wins TOB State Championship

The band also won the Regional Championship the week before and will compete in the Atlantic Coast Championship this weekend.

The Tyrone High School Marching Band made history this past weekend in McKeesport, winning the 2023 Pennsylvania Tournament of Bands (TOB) State Championship for their 2023 show “Inferno” with a score of 92.42.

“There are a lot of gaps in my historical records, but from the records that I have, that score is the second highest score in Tyrone Marching Band history,” said Tyrone Band Director David Hock.

We were very excited. Our school has never brought home three banners in one year before

— Band member Joey Davis

The band also won high visual, high music, and high percussion trophies.

This has been a very successful season for the band.

“I think it winning states helps keep kids motivated to be the best they can be at music and it helps inspire other students to want to join marching band and our other programs,” Hock said.

The state title came just one week after the band won their first Region 11 Championship since 2013 with a score of 89 at Brockway.

The band members could not be more proud of what they have accomplished so far this season.

“We were very excited,” said senior and alto saxophone player Joey Davis. “Our school has never brought home three banners in one year before.”

Winning the Regional competition the weekend before got the band members pumped up for States.

“It made us believe for the first time in a while that we had a chance,” Davis said.

The band works very hard to prepare for their halftime shows and competitions. They can often be heard rehearsing well into the evenings in the high school parking lot.

We practice really hard and we enjoy what we are doing

— Drum Major Austin White

“We usually [rehearse] eleven hours a week, three on Tuesdays and Thursdays, one on Fridays, and anywhere from 2 to 4 hours on Saturdays,” Davis said.

The band is bigger than it has been in the recent past, and the more musicians they have, the more they can do on the field.

According to Drum Major Austin White, the only thing holding the band back right now is numbers.

“We practice really hard and we enjoy what we are doing, [but] It’s always better to have better numbers,” said White.

Drum Major KK Brodzina also hopes that the band’s recent success will encourage more students to join the band and color guard.

“It’s a different kind of feeling and it may seem awkward at first, but it’s a lot of fun,” said Brodzina.

The band will take their talent and passion to the ACC Championships on Sunday, November 5 in Hershey. They are currently ranked 7th out of 31 total group 2-A bands.

“We’re hoping our ACC performance will be good enough to move up a couple of spots and maybe even finish in the top three again this year,” said Hock.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Cohen Wallace, Staff Writer
Cohen Wallace is a senior at TAHS and will be entering his first year of Eagle Eye. Cohen's hobbies include football, wrestling, and track. He is very passionate about his favorite sports teams: The Miami Hurricanes and The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When he is not in school, he loves to spend time with his friends and cook Braden Ewing in cornhole. After high school, Cohen wishes to work in the education field, as well as someday possibly becoming a football coach. Cohen looks forward to writing about sports and different community events that happen all around Tyrone. 
Grace Naylor, Staff Writer
Grace is a sophomore at Tyrone Area High School. This is Grace’s first year in Eagle Eye as a staff member. Grace plays softball and basketball. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. Grace likes writing about school sports and other fun activities within the school. Grace is a member of All Eagles, a club dedicated to student inclusion. She also is in the National Honor Society. Grace is a part of the Eagle Eye Yearbook. Her favorite subject in school is Math. When Grace gets out of high school, she wants to attend a 4-year college to be a teacher for Elementary Special Education students. Grace is excited to write stories!

Comments (0)

When commenting, please use your FULL NAME and a VALID email address. If you are a TASD student please use your school email address. Comments without names and valid email addresses may not be published. Thank you and please comment responsibly!
All Tyrone Eagle Eye News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *