The GHS Pirate Band is advancing to the UIL area marching contest after earning a Division I superior rating at the region competition on October 22, 2011, at Burleson Stadium.
The band received the top rating for its “A Child’s Garden of Dreams” marching show from all three judges, who evaluated both Class 4A and 5A groups during a windy Saturday afternoon and early evening.
“This has been a very good year for the marching band program in Granbury,” commented band director Mark Eastin, who is in his second year leading the Granbury band program. “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.”
GHS is one of several bands from four regions advancing to the Area B competition on Saturday, October 29 at Tommy Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. The contest will feature Class 4A schools seeking to move on to the UIL state marching contest set for November 7-8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Granbury band's preliminary performance will be at 4:30 P.M.
The band previously participated in two invitational competitions – the HEB Marching Contest on October 15 at Bedford’s Pennington Field followed the band advancing to the finals 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.
“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. Also assisting are percussion specialist Buck Palmer and colorguard specialist Robert Holloway.