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Parade to feature University of Cincinnati marching band


Trish Bennett, Editor

(Photo courtesy of the University of Cincinnati / Bearcat Bands)

CIRCLEVILLE – The University of Cincinnati Marching Band is preparing to make its first appearance at the Circleville Pumpkin Show for the Parade of Bands set for 8 p.m. Oct. 22.

“We’ve tried to do it in years before, but we were never able to work it out,” said Dr. Terren L. Frenz, band director. “Our kids are really looking forward to it.”

Sponsored by Berger Health System and Columbus Industries, the Bearcat Band boasts about 275 members and is set to perform its special parade routine along with several stops along the parade route to perform a couple of numbers, Frenz said.

“We have played a couple of larger festivals in Ohio and got great reception each time,” Frenz said. “I’ve been to the Pumpkin Show personally and have a pretty good idea what’s going to happen. It’s a big event, and we should be well-received. Our band is very strong.”

Frenz said people are often unaware of the University of Cincinnati’s size, which rivals The Ohio State University with about 50,000 students and 275 members in its marching band.

Pumpkin Show guests can look forward to a great performance, he said.

“This is a very dominant university,” Frenz said. “Most of the larger university bands make a pretty impressive sound that’s different than a high school band. People will recognize the difference right off the bat.”

Frenz said he also is looking forward to seeing the talent that may make its way into the University of Cincinnati’s Marching Band over the next few years.

“I’m particularly interested in those 20 or so other high school bands,” Frenz said. “This is a great recruiting effort for us.”

The Circleville Pumpkin Show has hosted other university bands in recent years, including The Ohio State University Marching Band and the Ohio University Marching 110.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal