Vikings News · MHS Students, Alumni, & Staff in 2019 DCI – 8/8

This weekend, thousands of young adult performers will converge upon Indianapolis, IN and Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2019 Drum Corps International World Championships. This event is the culmination of countless hours of rehearsal and a months-long performance tour all over the nation. The preliminary round takes place today, 8/8, with Semi-Finals and Finals to follow tomorrow and Saturday.

Legends – Kalamazoo, MI

Current MHS Junior Ian Fetter is performing for his first DCI season on the tuba with Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, an Open Class corps based out of Kalamzoo, MI. Legends made corps history by placing 2nd at Tuesday’s Open Class Championships and also capturing the Best Percussion award. Legends then brought their marine-themed program Song of the Siren to World Class Prelims, where they again made corps history by qualifying for tomorrow’s World Class semi-finals round. Congratulations Ian and good luck with the remainder of your season!

MHS Junior Ian Fetter – far right
Legends’ 2019 production – Song of the Siren

Crossmen – San Antonion, TX

MHS Class of 2016 Alumni Nathaniel Khatibloo is performing on the trumpet in his second season with Crossmen, based out of San Antonio, TX. The Crossmen are looking to stay in finals, currently ranked 12th, as the competition for the last finals spot heats up. Good luck, Nate!

In addition, Crossmen music designer Andrew Markworth also designs all of the music for the Miamisburg Viking Marching Band.

The Crossmen’s 2019 Viking-themed production, Valkyrie
MHS Alumni Nate Khatibloo performing in Crossmen.

Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA

Class of 2016 alumna Sierra Bennett and class of 2017 alumna Jennifer Pressel are performing in the Boston Crusaders color guard for their third summer. Boston is currently ranked 6th going into World Championships, but their Color Guard has consistently placed 1st at regionals throughout the season.

In addition the two performers, Miamisburg Color Guard director Heather Graham also teaches on the color guard staff for Boston.

c\o 2016 alumna Sierra Bennett
c\o 2017 alumna Jennifer Pressel
Boston Crusader’s 2019 production, Goliath


  • Brass Instructor Jake Walker is teaching for the Seattle Cascades
  • Guard Instructor Guillermo Cisneros is working for Bluecoats
  • Guard Instructor Lauren Drislane teaches at Santa Clara Vanguard

Congratulations to all current, former Vikings and their teachers on their involvement in the highest level the marching arts has to offer!