History of the Centerville High School Band
Centerville High School has boasted a Marching Band program for well over 80 years (with the earliest photo available from 1936). For most of this period, CHS fielded a traditional marching band program, including drill teams and color guards through the years.
Under the direction of Wayne Markworth for 35 years, the Centerville Jazz Band achieved top honors in local, regional and national competitions. In 1984, our marching band became known as the Centerville Jazz Band, and has performed big band jazz in traditional and contemporary forms. The Centerville Jazz Band has been called “the world’s biggest big band” and has become known nationally. The CJB was the 1992 Bands of America Grand Nationals Champion and continues to compete annually in Bands of America events around the region and country.
Under the direction of Brandon Barrometti since 2007 (with the assistance of Josh Baker from 2008-2018, and now with Scott Gasaway), the Centerville Band Program has continued its tradition of excellence in both marching and concert band. Thousands of Centerville High School students have enhanced their high school experience by participating in this dynamic program at CHS. Many of our students decide to continue their love of music beyond high school, either majoring in music-related fields in college, performing in college or community ensembles, marching in drum corps, winter guard or winter drumline, and being lifelong advocates of music & music education. Now as in the past – the cornerstone of the Centerville Band Program is reflected in one statement – BE YOUR BEST!