NORTH CANTON  The Hoover High School Marching Band is starting the season off right by earning the grand champion award at the 42nd Annual Music in Motion Band Show. The marching band competition is an O.M.E.A. Sanctioned Adjudicated show hosted by Louisville High School Marching Band, in which Class A, AA, B and C bands compete.

Hoover’s band is 157 members strong this year. Instrumental Music Department Chair and Marching Band Director Ronald Varn responded to an email interview where he wrote the band has competed in Music in Motion seven times and has won twice.

"The bands come from all over Ohio to compete at this band show, we elected to compete because it’s a close venue for us and the band is familiar with the stadium and warm up areas," Varn wrote.n"The show is always run in a highly professional manner. It’s one of three show we’re competing this season. The others are the Norton’s Art in Motion Oct. 7 and the New Philadelphia Marching Competition Oct. 21."

In addition to being awarded grand champion, Hoover’s marching band earned a superior rating; first, Class AA; first place percussion, Class AA; first place guard, Class AA; and first place music, all classes. The show theme the band performed was called "Wired" with original composition by Gary Gilroy and Steve Hines.

Some of the 15 bands competing were Fort Frye, Wellington, St. Clairsville, Crestwood, Coventry, Revere and Amherst, among others. The different components judged for competition included:

- Music including percussion score

- Visual for overall show movement and style

- General effect for overall show concept including color, music, color guard and other factors

- Percussion including performance and material

- Auxiliaries such as choreography and performance of the color guard and majorettes.

"The Hoover Marching Band was as professional as I’ve had the pleasure to direct. Our staff and students completed a truly high-level performance. Our volunteers and prop committee members also contributed to a superior performance for the evening," Varn wrote.