Ultimately all the Bingo proceeds go to the Ada Schools Music Programs, including the spectacular Ada High School Marching Band, which has quite impressively been to State the past three years. They are pictured here at the "Bands of America" competition. The band members' favorite school subject? That right, geometry. - Ada Herald
Ultimately all the Bingo proceeds go to the Ada Schools Music Programs, including the spectacular Ada High School Marching Band, which has quite impressively been to State the past three years. They are pictured here at the "Bands of America" competition. The band members' favorite school subject? That right, geometry. (photo submitted)

ADA — Bulldog Bingo band boosters…

Or something like that.

Every Thursday night at “the Center on Central” in Ada, people gather for dinner and/or Bingo, as a way to support the Ada Schools Music Programs.

Dinner starts at 5:30.

Bingo starts at 6:15.

It goes ‘til 9.

The crowd averages about 40, “…although there’s seating for 90,” Ada Music Booster President, and promotor extraordinaire, Shane Wright stressed.

His daughter Madison is an Ada High School Junior and plays/performers/sings (even in the school hallways between classes) for practically “everything.”

Madison performs with an absolutely phenomenal marching band that has been to State an ultra-impressive three years in a row!

Not bad, incidentally, for a band that is one of the smallest ones in the state, averaging just about 30 members. Mr. Wright said, at times, the band has been up against bands that “practically cover the whole field.”

The Music Booster budget last year was a hefty $63,000. This was covered, said Shane, by Bingo, catalogue sales, Krispy Cream Donut sales (A LOT of Krispy Cream Donut sales), a Purse Raffle, a booth at the Ada Herb Festival… and he was just getting started.

As there were a plethora of fundraisers, there’s a plethora of school music programs.

Amy Spar, who is VP of PR (nice ring to it, huh) for the Boosters, said those programs include Marching Band, Vocal Ensemble, Show Choir, Concert Band, Pep Band, Winter Guard… and she was just getting started.

Spoiler Alert: Ms. Spar said the Boosters also help fund the Spring Musical every year. And when pressed, she said (although I promised to keep it “off the record”) this year that the musical will be: SHREK.

Okay, sorry.

It’s just that I’ve been desperate for an Ada “scoop” for a while.

Trumpet Trouble: During the conversation with Ms. Spar and Mr. Wright, I mentioned I’d just done a story for another publication about the McComb High School Marching Band. On their way to the State Championship game in Canton several weeks back, an oil hose blew on the marching band bus along Rte. 30 near Wooster, Ohio.

“McComb faithful,” coming to the rescue, loaded the band, instruments and all (Got me on the tubas.) into some cars and sped to the game – making it just in time.

Well wouldn’t you know, Mr. Wright said on the way to the Bluffton football game this year, the marching band bus hit a bump going over the Rte. 30 overpass, tripping the latch to the equipment compartment below. [Rt. 30 must be the “Bermuda Triangle” for band busses.]

Anyway…

When this was realized a couple miles up the road, an inventory of the instruments was taken. And, wouldn’t you know, a trumpet was missing!

Now if you’re the Ohio State Marching Band, one trumpet is no big thing. But if you’re the Ada High School Marching Band (with just 30 members – there’s that number “30” again, hmm), one missing trumpet can throw a whole set of melodies off.

So the bus rushed back.

And in the next half hour, a sea of purple-clad band members combed the ditches along the road. Finally, a silver glint (that, thankfully, wasn’t a tail pipe) was spotted. THE trumpet.

The band then climbed back aboard, the bus sped off (while, of course, staying within the speed limit), and, just like with the McComb Marching Band, they made it to the Bluffton game just in time.

TRUMPET TRIUMPH!