Voice of the marching band calls it a career after 44 seasons

Pictured (left-to-right) Superintendent Jonathan Davis, board member Jeff Burrow, Bob Bensonhaver, and board president Tony Reeser.

For over four decades, generations of Tigers have become familiar with one unmistakable voice on Friday night echoing into the evening and, in effect, setting the table for our high school marching band’s halftime performances.

At the Wednesday, September 16th meeting of the Circleville City Schools board of education, the district celebrated the work of Mr. Bob Bensonhaver who recently retired from announcing the “Pride of Circleville High School,” the CHS Marching Band after 44 years behind the microphone.

“It’s been a good run,” said Bensonhaver. “The kids were great and it has been a great time. I have enjoyed it very much.”

The district presented Bob Bensonhaver with a certificate of achievement and a golden microphone as a small token of their deep appreciation for his immeasurable dedication to our band program which spanned 10 directors and countless regional and state competitions across the state over the years in addition to Friday night performances.

Bob’s career calling the marching band performances has roots back to the mid-1970’s where an unexpected assignment to cover the Tigers as a reporter on the road in Indianapolis sparked a connection with former director Alan Howcroft which would eventually lead to an ask to start announcing.

Within the current board of education, Bensonhaver has several ties as an announcer for board president Tony Reeser when he was a student and in working with former band booster president and current board member Jeff Burrow in recent years.

The Circleville City School District would like to thank Bob for his exhaustive work showcasing our marching Tigers on the microphone and thank his wife Karen for loaning us his talents over the years.