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Marching Band: Sound of North

Sound of North uses drum corps style marching with step sizes that are constantly changing to accommodate the differing forms the band is creating on the field. Forms may be linear, curvilinear, or scatter. Music selections can include anything from symphonic music, film scores, to world music, jazz, rock or pop music. Sound of North performs at all home football games and competes throughout the state nearly every Saturday in the fall.

This group is made up of:
All band students
Students who have auditioned for the Color Guard.
Percussion—The percussion line is open to all percussion student and also students playing non-marching instruments, such as oboe and bassoon, are also eligible for the percussion line. (Percussion students will take Percussion Ensemble class first semester each year and Concert Band/Wind Ensemble 2nd semester)

Percussion Section

The percussion section is divided into two distinct groups:
Acceptance into either area is by audition only
Front Ensemble
The Front Ensemble (also known as Pit) performs on a variety of keyboard, rhythm, and percussion instruments at the front of the field.
Battery (or Drums) perform on snare, tenor and bass drums as a marching unit.

Marching Band Season

Marching Band season lasts nine weeks, all students enrolled in the band program at Columbus North High School will participate in Marching and Concert Bands. Students who are enrolled in a Columbus North High School fall sport that conflicts with the marching band schedule, will be excused from these rehearsals and performances. Students must inform directors by June 11th if they are planning to participate in a fall sport. These students must turn in a tape with all the marching music performed.

Each new marching season begins in late May, as the prior school year is wrapping up. These rehearsals are a brief introduction for our new members and will include marching fundamentals and music preparation for the fall marching season. May & June rehearsals are important to the success of our competitive program. These are the rehearsals at which the majority of the fundamental skills are developed. This time also builds excitement and dedication as the coming season begins.

New members, guard and percussion members should attend rehearsal labeled specifically “NEW MEMBERS, GUARD & PERC” on the Sound of North Calendar.
ALL members should attend rehearsals labeled “FULL BAND” on the Sound of North Calendar.

After some time off for summer break, they jump right in with a week of Pre Camp. Pre Camp Week is also essential for our band. During this time we begin teaching our Competition Show. This is followed by a week of Band Camp. Band Camp is required. If a student does not attend Band Camp, he/she will be designated as an alternate and depending upon circumstances may not march during the season. These weeks are filled with team building, music, marching and students stepping up in their new roles of leadership to help bring the new members into this band family. There is also time for play and rest where students begin the bonds that will create lasting friendships and Band unity. All season they will work hard for each other, because they know that they can’t do this alone.

Together they will create something magical on the field each week, getting better and stronger, pouring everything they have into their show. The lasting effects of such an incredible program will be carried with them long after graduation. We are immensely proud of our Sound of North Marching Band.

Rehearsals for the Sound of North

Once school begins in August, the Sound of North rehearses:
During class each school day

Full Band
Rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45pm-8:30pm

Mondays-Pit 3:30-5:30pm & Guard TBA
Wednesdays-Winds 3:30-5:30pm & Drums 5:30-8:30pm

Marching Contest Days

Sound of North members should arrive prior to the designated time in order to be on the field ready for rehearsal. They will bring with them everything needed for the day. They will each take their instrument/Guard equipment and uniform to the SON transport (semi) before lunch. Each member will know their schedule, understanding that one person can hold up the entire group, they will arrive early. They will be respectful of students and parents at school and contest sites. Always remembering that they represent Sound of North, Columbus North and the city of Columbus. They will make sure to eat breakfast, most Contest Saturdays will will have a Pitch-in where parents will bring in a lunch set up by Instrument/Guard Sections. When this isn’t possible they will bring a nutritious sack lunch. Diner will most likely be on the way to or at a Contest site, students may bring money for concessions or bring a sack lunch.


Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship Grand Master: 2006
Participant in 115th Tournament of Roses Parade: 2004
ISSMA Marching Band State Finalists: 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2016