West Branch is a rural public school district located in Beloit, Ohio. Few schools rival West Branch in their commitment to the fine arts, especially music education. In fact, in 2014 the National

The 2015 cast of the West Branch production of "Bye Bye Birdie"

The 2015 cast of the West Branch production of “Bye Bye Birdie”

Association of Music Merchants Foundation designated West Branch as one of 24 Ohio school districts as the Best Communities for Music Education in the country.

West Branch High School puts on quality music and theater productions that entertain and engage the entire community through three primary programs.

Bands: Students can participate in marching band, concert band, and ensembles. What’s more, students don’t have to choose between band and football. In fact, a lot of students are involved in both the arts and athletics.

Choirs: Students can join the High School Choir as well as the Young and Alive Show Choir. Young and Alive is a special group of students that perform pop, classical, holiday, jazz and swing. Students must audition and are chosen for vocal ability, character and dedication to other musical activities. Annually, student perform in the solo and ensemble contest. The contest showcases student talent before area musicians and teachers.

Theater: The West Branch theater program is one of the best in the region. West Branch High School usually offers four stage productions each year. This year has already seen “The King and I,” and we’re already looking forward to a special July presentation of “Phantom of the Opera,” which will raise funds for auditorium lobby renovations.

What’s truly special about the West Branch music education program is the community it builds. From parent to volunteers, to the sense of belonging it offers to students.

Bravo, West Branch!