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BAND MARCHES TO FINALS AT MIDLOTHIAN CONTEST

October 5, 2015
 
GHS Pirate Band  
 
The GHS Pirate Band participated in its first competition of the marching season during the Midlothian Marching Showcase on October 3, 2015.
 
Granbury finished ninth overall in the competition featuring bands from 22 schools, after advancing to an evening finals round that followed an afternoon preliminary level. The band was sixth in music placement during the prelims and sixth in marching placement during the finals.
 
Braden Jumper and Emma McKelvain received the Best Drum Major award for both the preliminary and finals competition.
 
“This was one of the strongest field of bands we have competed with and we had a very good showing, placing ahead of perennial state finalists and one three-time state marching champion,” commented band director Mark Eastin. “This was a great learning experience for our kids.”
 
The fall marching show “The Maze” features “Symphony No. 1” by Samuel Barber.
 
In addition to Jumper and McKelvain, also serving in band leadership positions are:  color guard captain Kaily Reason; drumline captain Reagan Hall; section leaders Whitney Shearon (flute), Reagan Clarkson (clarinet), Sam Perez (saxophone), Matthew Johnston (trumpet), Brennan Ross (French horn), Fernando Barragan (low brass), and Aaron Morgan (tuba); drill captains Reece Ahler, Brynn Bednarz, Melaine Boleng, Gavin Clarkson, Shannon Cooke, Tiffany Henney, Kalvin Hughes, Saylor Jordan, Rayni Skaggs, Lily Thornton, and Cameron Weeks.
 
Band director Mark Eastin is assisted by Tahlequah Kirk, Acton Middle School directors John Morgan and Stephanie Bosch, and Granbury Middle School directors Michele Kahne and James Beeson.
 
The marching ensemble will next compete at the DeSoto Marching Classic on October 10 before the UIL regional marching contest on October 13 in Fort Worth. Following that, the band will participate in the Sam Houston State University Marching Festival on October 17 in Huntsville.
 
A complete schedule for all band activities can be found at www.granburyisd.org/ghsband.