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PIRATE BAND SHINES AT AREA MARCHING CONTEST

October 27, 2015
 
GHS Pirate Band  
 
The GHS Pirate Band shined at the UIL Area B marching contest while performing one of their best show of the season. The contest was held October 26, 2015, at Tommy Standridge Stadium in Carrollton.
 
The band advanced to area after earning a Division I superior rating from all three judges at the regional competition on October 13 at Herman Clark Stadium in Fort Worth. Only seven of the sixteen Region 7 bands in Class 5A made it to area.
 
The band had been preparing its marching show “The Maze” for the competition since late July, with a three-week summer camp preceding the start of the school year. The group awed crowds during football halftime programs and then had a busy schedule on the road with invitational competitions in late September and October prior to UIL contest.
 
The band advanced to the finals in all three invitationals – the Midlothian Marching Showcase on October 3, the DeSoto Marching Classic on October 10, and the Sam Houston State University Marching Festival on October 17.
 
GHS Pirate Band  
 
“I am so proud of my students and the season they have had. The strides made from July to October were nothing short of amazing. I can say without reservation that this is the hardest working marching band I have had the pleasure to work with in my career,” commented band director Mark Eastin, who is in his sixth year leading the Granbury band program.
 
Although the band was not one of those advancing to the state marching contest in San Antonio, Eastin was optimistic that the Granbury ensemble was on the right track. “We have grown up exponentially as an ensemble this fall and have laid the groundwork for a very successful future. We have already started the planning stages for next year's show and hope to bring a continuing level of excitement and enthusiasm for the marching program at GHS,” he said.
 
GHS Pirate Band  
 
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.