The GHS Pirate Band participated in the HEB Marching Contest on October 15, 2011, in preparation for the upcoming UIL regional competition.
“This has been a very good year for the marching band program in Granbury,” commented band director Mark Eastin. “We have taken a huge step up in our difficulty of music and drill, and the kids have responded with some very good performances thus far this fall.”
Hosted by L.D. Bell and Trinity High Schools, the HEB competition followed the band advancing to the finals with its “A Child’s Garden of Dreams” show at the Unleash the Sound Marching Festival held October 8 at Aledo Bearcat Stadium. The percussion snared awards for best cymbal line and second place drumline in Aledo. Cymbal players also won top marks at a previous HEB drumline competition on September 17.
Eastin stated, “Making finals in the first contest at Aledo was a big step forward for us even though the finals portion of the contest was rained out. This past weekend, we competed against some of the top bands in the state in class 4A and 5A. Placing fifth in our class with all state-qualifying bands ahead of us is a step in the right direction for our program.”
Both the Aledo and HEB events were precursors to the UIL regional competition set for Saturday, October 22 at Burleson Stadium. The Granbury band is scheduled to perform at 3:45 P.M. and will be among numerous Class 4A and 5A schools competing. With a first-division rating, GHS could advance to the area contest scheduled for Saturday, October 29 in Carrollton.
“We have challenged our band to expect nothing but the best from themselves through every rehearsal and every performance and the quality is showing each week as we improve,” remarked Eastin, who said the band is looking forward to the challenge of moving up in the area rankings this year.
He continued, “Our main concern at this point is that we perform to the very best of our ability. We can’t control what other bands do or how good they are. We can only control whether or not we leave our best performance on the field in prelims and let the results fall where they may. Ultimately, the students are the ones that must be happy with their performance, and, if we perform at a level that meets our standard, we have accomplished a great deal.”
The band is under the field direction of drum majors Ian Bird, Emily Hiler, and Phoebe Wallace. Directors are Eastin and Tahlequah Kirk, who are assisted by middle school directors Scott Johnson, John Morgan, Roger Ramsey, and Tim Stevens.
Pictured above are scenes from the HEB marching contest.