The Marching Tars
The Marching Tars are a musical marching unit that meets as a 7th hour class during the first semester of the school year. The prerequisite for the Marching Band class is concurrent concert band or jazz ensemble study during hours one though six. The ensemble consists of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and a color guard. Membership requires total dedication and maximum effort in all aspects of marching, playing, rehearsal, and performance. Failure to meet these requirements can result in a dismissal from the ensemble.
The Marching Tars provide entertainment at home football games, local parades and events, and at the District 16 MSBOA Marching Band Festival held in early October. The class meets mid-August through mid-October in after school and evening rehearsals. The color guard and percussion sections may be expected to rehearse once every week in addition to the scheduled class meetings. Participation in the Marching Band will result in mandatory attendance at all rehearsals and performances, including the parades and band camps during the spring and summer.
The Marching Tars are under the direction of P. David Visnaw II, and assistant director, Scott A. Oranchak. The award-winning band boasts one of the largest marching bands in the metro-Detroit. They are considered “The Pride of Anchor Bay High School” and annually perform at the Harper Woods Invitational and MSBOA Marching Band Festival in addition to local parades, football games, and at CMU’s Marching Band Camp.