The Band Program is the largest organization at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Over 250 students participate in our marching band, four concert bands, and three jazz bands.

The SMFHS Bands perform over 25 times each year, including at football games, pep assemblies, band shows, parades, winter concerts, district and state level competitions, spring concerts. The band also performs for community events such as the Stow Fourth of July Parade, Memorial Day, honors/recognition ceremonies and graduation.

The bands receive consistent superior ratings at District and State competitions as well as performance invitations to Bowl Games. Stow-Munroe Falls High School is known statewide and nationally for the excellent band program it has developed. Students enrolling in band receive one credit for the class. As a result, students must participate in both marching band and concert band.

Upcoming High School Band Events

July 18, 2024
  • Drumline Camp (confirmed)
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 19, 2024
  • Drumline Camp (confirmed)
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 22, 2024
  • Dietary Restrictions Form deadline (if applicable)
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

  • Pre Camp (confirmed)
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

  • Squad Leader Meeting
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    All Squad Leaders and Section Leader need to attend this meeting (8:00-9:30) and should remain for the Freshman Practice 10-Noon.

  • Freshmen New Marchers Practice
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • UNIFORMS ISSUE for Squad Leaders: Bring Garment Bags
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • UNIFORMS ISSUE for Returning Members: Bring Garment Bags
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • SECTIONAL: SD/Q
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • BAND PRACTICE
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Band Camp Meeting - ALL FRESHMAN STUDENTS & PARENTS
    9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 23, 2024
  • Pre Camp (confirmed)
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

  • Band Shoes available for order
    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Stow-Munroe Falls High School, 3227 Graham Rd, Stow, OH 44224, USA

  • UNIFORMS ISSUE for Freshman/New Marchers A-L: Bring Garment Bags or purchase
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • UNIFORMS ISSUE for Freshman/New Marchers M-Z: Bring Garment Bags or purchase
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Band Camp Med turn-in
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • SECTIONAL: BASS DRUM/Cym
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • SECTIONAL: Low Brass/Reeds
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • BAND PRACTICE
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 24, 2024
  • Pre Camp (confirmed)
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

  • Freshmen New Marchers and Leaders Practice
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • SECTIONAL: Full Percussion
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • SECTIONAL: Trumpet/Mellophone
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • BAND PRACTICE
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 25, 2024
  • Pre Camp (confirmed)
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

  • College Staff meeting (band camp)
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • SECTIONAL: FL, CL, A SAX
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • BAND PRACTICE
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Band Camp Chaperone meeting
    9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Stow-Munroe Falls High School, 3227 Graham Rd, Stow, OH 44224, USA

July 26, 2024
  • Pre Camp (confirmed)
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

  • EVERYONE must have their pictures taken
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

  • Band Pictures for EVERYONE!
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Pictures will take place in the auditorium. Arrive in uniform (Top, bottom, cape, cords). Students may change in the choir/band room afterwards for rehearsal. Uniforms must be hung properly, put in garment bags and placed on Z-rack.

  • FULL BAND PICTURES
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    In full uniform (no shoes, spats or hats). Location of pictures will be in the auditorium.

  • BAND PRACTICE
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 27, 2024
  • Drug Mart
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Packing Day for Band Camp
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Percussion and tubas need to load at 12:45. All students should bring their instrument, suitcase, bedroll. Make sure your name is clearly marked on ALL items!

July 28, 2024
  • Band Camp (confirmed) Edinboro University
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

July 29, 2024
  • Band Camp (confirmed) Edinboro University
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

July 30, 2024
  • Band Camp (confirmed) Edinboro University
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

July 31, 2024
  • Band Camp (confirmed) Edinboro University
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Bulldog Marching Band

Our marching band season begins in June with reading of the music for the next marching season.

Students have the summer months to practice and have a strong introduction to the music. After the Stow Fourth of July Parade, the rest of July is band free.

Early August or late July brings the return of the marching band. Students begin rehearsals during the first week of August, meeting daily from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. To assist new marchers during the first week back, we hold two freshman / new marcher rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday, from 10:00AM to noon. During these sessions students receive additional assistance in memorizing their music and marching techniques.

The SMFHS Band Camp is held at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, during the first or second week of August, from Sunday to Friday. There is a fee for band camp and students may participate in fundraisers to help defray the costs. All students must attend.

Once school begins, the marching band rehearses daily during the school day as well as Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00.

Concert Bands

In early November, students audition for placement in one of the four concert bands. Each band is ability based and students are placed where they will be the most challenged. The ensembles are:

Freshman Concert
Band

The Freshman Concert Band students will be placed on the same audition upperclassmen band perform and are placed in chairs based on their score.

This ensemble may participate in OMEA Adjudicated Events in class B or C.

Maroon and Gold
Symphonic Bands

The Gold and Maroon Symphonic Bands are designed as a mid to upper level high school performing ensembles. The class size is between 60-80 students. These ensembles compete in OMEA Adjudicated Events in class A or B.

The intention through the audition, is both Gold and Maroon bands will be equal in performing level. With that in mind, both bands will be balanced with the same instrumentation.

SMFHS
Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the highest level performing ensemble at SMFHS. Students perform musical selections usually reserved advanced high school and college level ensembles.

This ensemble is considered the honors level class of the band department with 55-70 students.

The Wind Ensemble competes in OMEA Adjudicated Events in class AA and was selected to perform at the OMEA State Professional Convention in 2000, The Ohio American School Band Directors Association Ohio Convention in 2005 and the Ohio Band Director’s Conference Hall Of Fame in 2008. The Wind Ensemble has also been asked to perform with bands from Kent State University and the University of Akron.

Students who are unsatisfied with their placements at auditions or anytime throughout the year, are permitted and encouraged to challenge within their band or into a higher level band.

The high school band is a strong supporter of the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events. Each year more than 60 ensembles and soloists participate in this event.

 

Jazz Band

After marching band season, the band program offers a Jazz Ensemble Program. By audition, students are placed in Jazz Ensemble 1, Jazz Ensemble 2 or Jazz Lab Ensemble. Both Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2 are standard size ensembles, Jazz Lab is a double size ensemble allowing maximum involvement for our students to this American art form. The jazz ensembles typically rehearse on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.