After a partial season in 2020, the 2021 Marching Band season theme was literally Plan B. It was a do-over. They used three of the four songs from last year’s theme “Rhapsody in B” and added in a couple more; all songs or composers begin with the letter B making this “Plan B.” After not having much in 2020, the band directors weren’t sure what to expect. “It was a struggle at first, especially since the sophomores did not get the full experience last year and the freshman class didn’t even get to march in middle school,” says Band Director Mitch Piersma. But everyone stepped up to make this an unforgettable, successful year. “The seniors were eager to lead and wanted to go out by doing something great. The younger kids caught their enthusiasm. They came around and the whole group had an extreme excitement toward music and enjoyed being a part of something really cool.”
“Plan B” turned out to be an A+ show. “It ended up being one of the most successful shows in the history of the OMB! It had classical music, jazz music, rock music, vocals, visuals, and dance moves and the audience loved it.”
This will go down in the history books for the Otsego Marching Band which is hard to do considering their tradition of excellence. But take a look at these stats from 2021:
- First undefeated season in Class B since 2011.
- Best Percussion at every show.
- Best Colorguard at 4/5 shows - and 0.1 away from making that 5.
- Best Music at every show.
- Best Marching at every show.
- Best Drum Majors at the one show that offered this award.
- Highest Colorguard score EVER (18.6)
- 4/5 shows with a score over 90.
- 2 Grand Championships
- 26 total trophies for the season. A school record by FAR!
“The kids performed with such poise too,” Piersma reflects. “I think the Disney trip, when we march in the Magic Kingdom in February, will top off everyone’s enthusiasm.”
“And of course, all this is great, but I personally enjoy the camaraderie and watching the bonds of friendship grow between the students more than anything else. They are true servants of the community and a point of pride for our town,” Piersma adds. This year’s marching band will graduate 27 seniors, more than in recent memory. They might go down as the most decorated class, even after missing almost an entire season. “We will miss the 27 seniors for sure. They should be very proud. We are very proud of them and their leadership.”