Berlin Bears Band: Clawing Their way to the the top

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OLENTANGY, OH (WCMH) — New year, new school, new band. That’s been the story for Olentangy Berlin High School musicians.

Redistricting brought kids from different schools into one new school, and for members of the band, it is a new beginning. 

But making a band from scratch is not exactly easy, some might even call it, a grizzly situation. 

“We did not have a fight song, we didn’t have an Alma mater, we didn’t have uniforms,” said band director Michael Reeves. 

The school has no seniors and the band only 45 members, but for them it was only a minor setback, and on on the field, you’d never know it. 

“We have been catching on really fast and really pushing it and getting better,” Junior and clarinet player Adithi Cooduvalli said. 

Band members also spent a lot of time together over the summer getting ready. Some say with no seniors, it has put everyone on a level playing field. 

“The coolest thing is that we are all technically freshman, so we are all learning the drill and how to march together,” said sophomore Brody Edgson. 

The Berlin Bears are a show-style band, meaning each performance is unique, much like the band itself.

“We have really come together as a family,” Reeves said. 

A family formed through adversity, now working together like the notes in the music they play; composing the school bands future, for years to come.

The Berlin Bears celebrated homecoming on September 28th. 

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