Piqua Central High School Concert Band
Recorded February 23, 1965.
14081 - Alma Mater and Pep Song
written and conducted by Philip P. Gates guest conductor
14082 - "Don't Let the Rain Come Down" March-a-samba
conducted by James Carter, band director
Produced by JATOM COMPANY
A Junior Achievement Company of Piqua, Ohio.
The Piqua Central High School Marching Band was formed by H.O. Ferguson in the Winter of 1916. The marching band participated in April of 1917 at a parade in Troy in uniforms consisting of red sweaters, dark trousers and white caps.
The Piqua High School marching band was directed by Phillip P. Gates in 1917. Gates, Piqua Central High School's long time popular music director noted that PHS probably had the first marching band in the state of Ohio. Gates made that statement in 1973 when he returned to Piqua to direct the PHS Alumni Band at Wertz Stadium....
[Above info is from a detailed history of the Piqua High School Marching Band found HERE]
The Piqua High School, built in 1914, is now an historic building located at 316 North College Street in Piqua, Ohio. Also known as Piqua Central High School, it was designed by Harvard and Merriam in the Classical Revival style. In 1995 it was converted to 78 apartments and is now known as Piqua Senior Housing. On August 22, 1996, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.