The Lakota East High School Marching Thunderhawks have established a tradition of excellence and showmanship, earning Superior Ratings in every field competition and Superior Ratings in the OMEA State Marching Band Finals since its beginning in 1997.
With more than 220 musicians and color guard, the Marching Thunderhawks marching band has a full, rich sound and rhythmic accuracy, and march with great energy and excitement during each performance. The band is not only one of Ohio’s finest marching ensembles, but is one of the country’s elite band programs, consistently achieving acclamation from audiences wherever it appears. Of equal importance are the musical and organizational skills of Director Robert Tanis and Assistant Director Sherri Voytek.
The band is accustomed to traveling including yearly half-time performances at high school football games, national and state field competitions and national parades and festivals such as Pacific Life’s Holiday Bowl Field Show (Superior Rating, 2nd Place Internationally), Parade and Half-Time Show, San Diego/Disney World Electric Light Parade in Orlando, to name a few.
General Information about Contests
Classifications for an OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) Contest are by school size:
- Class C: 300 or below
- Class B: 301- 475
- Class A: 476- 775
- Class AA: 776 or more
During an OMEA competition, adjudicators critique the bands’ performance in the following areas:
Music: (Assigned judges rate only the musical aspects of the group)
General Effect: (Assigned judges rate the band on the entire show package including music, marching, auxiliary and percussion contribution).
Visual Performance and Visual Effect: (Assigned judges rate the precision of the movement of the entire group and how the members move within the overall picture and development of form).
Percussion: (Assigned judge, on the field, rates the percussion section and how it relates to the musical ensemble.)
Field Commander: (Assigned judge, on the field, rates the direction of the band by the field commander(s).
Auxiliaries: (Assigned judges rate the entire auxiliary unit including flags, rifles and dance line on the writing of the routine, the cleanliness of the work done by the group and their placement on the field.)