College band members perform in OPCICA Honor Bands

Nine Marietta College students were selected and performed for the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) Honor Band during a three-day festival at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

Patrick Specht ’16 (Glenview,  Ill.) was on the baritone saxophone and he was Marietta’s representative in the OPCICA Honor Jazz Ensemble.

Performing with the OPCICA Honor Band were Jane Thomson ’13 (Marietta, Ohio), French horn; Tara Wise ’15 (Waynesburg, Pa.), French horn; Alexis Steiner ’16 (Wooster, Ohio), bassoon; Angela Sipes ’14 (Wexford, Pa.), clarinet; Jenna Skoglund ’15 (Westerville, Ohio); trombone, Hannah Tumolo ’14 (Zelienople, Pa.), trombone; Jack McKarns ’16 (Ann Arbor, Mich.), trombone; and Elidee Pecina ’15 (Houston, Texas), flute.

The honors festival weekend concluded with a concert on Sunday afternoon by both Bands in Secrest Auditorium in Zanesville, Ohio.

Students were accompanied by Marshall C. Kimball, President of OPCICA and Associate Professor in the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music and Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Marietta College.  

Founded in 1987 by Dr. Ken Kleszynski (Otterbein College), and Dr. William Schlacks (Muskingum College), OPCICA is comprised of more than 20 private colleges and universities in the state of Ohio. The primary purpose of the organization is to develop a closer network of communication and resource sharing among the instrumental departments, divisions, or conservatories of the various privately funded member institutions of higher education.

An additional purpose of the organization is to sponsor an annual honors festival featuring an Honors Concert Band and an Honors Jazz Ensemble, each comprised of students from the participating schools. The first honors band festival was held on Jan. 24, 1988, at Capital University. Festivals have been held every year since with the location rotating between the various member schools. These festivals have enriched the lives of hundreds of college instrumentalists as well as the conductors from many of the state's private institutions.