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Formerly Jackson High School, Grove City High School moved from the former Park Street building in 1970, where it had been located since 1929. Grove City High School was chartered in the fall of 1895. 

The Grove City High School instrumental music program has over 300 wind, percussion, and string musicians who participate in various performing groups. These groups include the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. There is also a Flag Corps who perform with the Marching Band and participate in Winter Guard competitions.

The Grove City High School Marching Band has received over 30 Grand Champion awards over the last ten years in OMEA competitions. The band received superior ratings at the OMEA State Marching Band Contest every year since the contest's inception in 1980 until the fall of 2009 when repeated school levy failures resulted in the cancellation of all extracurricular activities, including marching band.


Marched in Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, in 1990 and again in 2000. Named the Grand Champion at Music Fest Orlando in the Parade Division Competition in Florida in 1993 and again in 1997. In 2002, the band took 5th place in the finals of Bands Of America Regional Competition in Louisville, Kentucky as well as winning Outstanding Musical Performance. In 2003 the band was invited to the 42nd Annual Contest Of Champions in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and placed 5th in finals. Marched in the London New Year's Day Parade, 2005. In 2008, the marching band performed in the Blue Cross National Shield competition in Arizona. They took 2nd place overall in finals, also receiving 1st place plaques in several other categories. They were also the grand champions of the Fiesta Bowl Parade. In 2012, the marching band returned to these competitions, this time receiving Grand Champion status in both the Fiesta Bowl Parade and the Fiesta Bowl Field Show Finals as well as 1st place plaques in Drum Majors, General Effect, Visual Performance and Musical Performance; receiving 2nd place in percussion.

  • Symphonic & Concert Bands - The Symphonic Band has consistently received superior ratings in Class AA at both district and state OMEA adjudicated events for over thirty years (since 1975), as has Concert Band I in Class B, and more recently Class A, for over twenty years (since 1984). Concert Band II performs in the Class C level, and earned straight superior ratings at both district and state adjudicated events in 2005.

Highlights for the Symphonic Band:

Performed at the 50th Anniversary of the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois on December 19, 1996. Invited to perform at the MidwestClinic again in 2002. Performed at the1993 and 2001 OMEA State Convention and was the clinician band for the composer Francis McBeth at the 1995 OMEA State Convention, as well as for Mark Kelly in 1989. Guest band for the Directors' Clinic at Miami University with Donald Hunsburger of the Eastman School of Music and H. Robert Reynolds from the University of Michigan.

Notable Alumni

Gary Burley - Cincinnati Bengals player

Derek Combs - NFL Running Back

Richard Cordray - American politician

Ann Grossman - Professional tennis player