If Columbus School Board members were wondering how the high school marching band did this year, the armload of trophies that director Tim Meinholz carried into their meeting Monday night was a pretty good clue.
It was another great year for the band, which does a lot more than perform at halftime at the local football games. Today, marching band is a competitive sport, Meinholz told the board.
The CHS band averages 60 to 65 kids per year and spends over 200 hours practicing, starting in the summer, to gear up for fall competitions.
This year’s season started in September, with a clinic at Germantown High School, where all of the bands in attendance had a chance to perform their shows without being judged, Meinholz said. The next week was homecoming, and the following week, the band participated in its first competition at Greendale High School.
At the Greendale competition, Columbus was considered a Class A school, which is the division made up of the smallest schools. Of the three Class A schools competing, the Cardinals won first place. They also won the Best Color Guard award not only for their division, but for the division above them, as well — which was made up of schools over twice Columbus’ size.