GHS BAND EARNS SUPERIOR RATING AT UIL MARCHING CONTEST
October 14, 2015
The GHS Pirate
Band earned a Division I superior rating at the UIL region marching competition
on October 13, 2015, at Herman Clark Stadium in Fort Worth.
marching show, which features music from “Symphony No. 1” and “Symphony No. 2”
by Samuel Barber, received the top rating from all three judges, who evaluated
both Class 5A and 6A groups on Saturday.
“The Pride of
Granbury has received first division ratings from all three marching judges at
region contest for six consecutive years,” commented band director Mark Eastin.
“Each year achieving more as a marching
ensemble. I am so proud of this year's band and their achievements thus far
this season on a very challenging music book and high-demand drill design.”
advance to the UIL Area B marching contest on Saturday, October 24 at Tommy
Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. The
marching ensemble will next prepare at the Sam Houston State University
Marching Festival on Saturday, October 17 in Huntsville.
Band members previously
participated in two invitational competitions – the
Midlothian Marching Showcase on October 3 followed by the DeSoto Marching
Classic on October 10. The band made the
finals at both events.
director Delton Brown made a special trip to the UIL competition in order to
present trophies from last weekend’s competition. He apologized to the band for tabulation
errors by contest officials that led to Granbury not being announced as a
finalist. Although the band did march at
finals, judges were not aware of the miscue and only evaluated the ensemble with
an exhibition critique. Brown presented
trophies recognizing the Pirate Band as a finalist and for received top marks
in musical performance during the preliminary round.
In addition to drum majors Braden Jumper and Emma 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.
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.