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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

Congratulations to the Marching Giants for their impressive performance at their first competition in nearly a decade!

At the "On the Banks of the Wabash" field marching band competition at Bluffton High School on Sept. 6, the Marching Giants earned fourth place — missing third place by only a fraction of a point.

Flags fly as instrumentalists march during the competition at Bluffton High School on Sept. 6.
>> CLICK HERE to view more photos from the competition!

This was the first time the band and guard had competed this year, and the first year the MHS marching band has competed in any fashion since 2005. The members of the Marching Giants are learning the ins and outs of putting on a marching band show, and their quick progress has been impressive. 

We are proud of our Marching Giants, and look forward to seeing them continue to grow!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC will conduct a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

The ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday at the flag pole in front of Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., and is expected to last about half an hour. All students and staff are invited, as are all community members.

MHS JROTC cadets stand at attention during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in 2013. (MCS photo)

This is a special event for the JROTC each year, as the cadets plan and conduct the ceremony themselves.

For further information or to make arrangements for press coverage, please contact Lt. Col. David Farlow, MHS JROTC senior Army instructor, via email ( or phone (664-9051 x.2455).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This weekend, the Marion High School Marching Giants make their return to the competitive marching ranks.

The band is set to perform at 4:52 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 6, at the "On the Banks of the Wabash" marching band competition at Bluffton High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Bluffton. The Marching Giants will compete in Scholastic A Class against Fort Wayne Wayne High School, Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne) High School, Fort Wayne South Side High School, and Columbia City High School.

The Marching Giants perform at the first home football game on the new turf field at Marion High School's Dick Lootens Stadium on Aug. 29, 2014. (Marion Community Schools)

>> Click here to view more photos from the performance

The Marching Giants’ show this year is titled “A New Journey” and features music from the acclaimed 2000 movie “Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man.” The Marching Giants this year comprise 40 students, including wind instruments, several of which have featured parts in the show, as well as a drumline and an auxiliary (color guard). The drum major is MHS senior Mark Mooney. MHS Director of Bands is Josh Huff, in his first year with MCS.

In order for band to compete in Scholastic A, the school enrollment must be larger than 891 and the band must have no more than 125 performers on the field. This year, after many years away from competitions, Marion will march 40 students and will compete at most invitationals in Scholastic A or Class B (based solely on school enrollment). The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competitions start in October, and the Marching Giants will perform in Scholastic A for those competitions.

Mr. Huff, along with MHS and Marion Community Schools, would like to invite everyone to attend the contest at Bluffton High School and support the Marching Giants as they make their return competition! (Click here for more information about the contest.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion High School JROTC cadets gathered Tuesday to raise money for ALS research, part of the ongoing ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fueling awareness and donations for the cause.

Community service is one of the tenets of the JROTC program, and cadets undertake several projects every year to help those in need and improve our community. Just under $100 was raised at the event at Marion High School, to be given to the ALS Association.

New challenge issued!

In keeping with the campaign, the cadets challenged the JROTC organizations at nearby Blackford High School and Warsaw Community High School to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge themselves.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools alumni can be found far and wide, and their GIANT successes help make our world a better place! We plan to shine the spotlight on some of those Giant successes in a series of videos. First up: Scott Moorehead, founder of Moorehead Communications (and the largest Verizon retailer in the U.S., The Cellular Connection):