GHS Pirate Band participated in its first competition of the marching season
during the Midlothian Marching Showcase on October 3, 2015.
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
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.”
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
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.
complete schedule for all band activities can be found at