Julie Rickard was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Kent Lions Club.
Rickard, a member of the highly regarded Ohio State University Marching Band, explained the rigorous training regimen that all band members undergo.
Of particular interest to the Lions was the fact that every Monday is "Challenge Day," when a band member may be challenged by one of the alternates. Alternates practice all the music and formations, but only march if one of the marching members is ill or unable to march as every position must be filled. If the alternate wins, the challenged band member becomes an alternate.
Rickard said she's enjoyed the opportunity to travel and learn all the music and formations. She is a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, where she was a member of the band.
Rickard is a junior English major at OSU and is also pursuing a teaching degree.
She is the daughter of Bev O'Conner and Chuck Rickard of Kent and granddaughter of Jim and Shirley Weymess of Brimfield.