Hoping to achieve a balance between tradition and change, Jacob Donofrio directs a small-town high school marching band.

Music Education Graduate Directs High School Marching Band Program

February 1, 2016

Photo of Jacob Donofrio in front of scoreboard2015 music education grad Jacob Donofrio '15 landed a post as band director for Clyde High School, with an enterprising plan to revitalize the Flier band and maintain the traditions of the small town, Clyde, Ohio.

To open his first season, Donofrio set high and specific goals. He worked to increase the numbers of students involved, grow the retention rate, and boost both the quality and the difficulty of the music that the band plays. 

Tradition with a Twist

Though he is not from Clyde, Donofrio respects the traditions of the town, carrying on the work of the director before, while adding his own new energy to the program. In an interview with Clyde Enterprise, he said, "I think it’s great that Clyde has a very high level of pride for its marching band and many traditions to go along with that. What I'm mainly looking at this year are ways that I can implement these long-lasting traditions in new ways."

Donofrio, an involved student in his own high school days, encourages strong extra-curricular involvement with his students. He said, "I believe it’s important for my students to participate in band as well as other activities so that they become well-rounded individuals, as long as they can balance the heavy workload."