Granbury High School Pirate Band began the marching competition season with the
show “Moving Parts” at the USBands Metroplex Regional Championship on September
24, 2016, at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.
fall marching show features music from American composers John Adams and
Denton, the band placed fourth overall during the preliminary performance – and
second in Class IV. Finals were
cancelled following a downpour of rain, making the prelims scores final.
“We are very pleased with our result from
this weekend and extremely disappointed that the weather didn't allow us to
compete in finals,” commented band director Mark Eastin. “As close as we were to the top three, the
kids were ready for the challenge of moving up in ranking through their finals
performance.” We are very pleased with
our result from this weekend and extremely disappointed that the weather didn't
allow us to compete in finals. As close as we were to the top 3, the kids were
ready for the challenge of moving up in ranking through their finals performance.
5A schools are not eligible to advance past UIL regional marching contest this
year. However, the band will also participate
in invitational festivals to prepare for the competition. The schedule includes:
October 1 – H-E-B Marching Contest (preliminary performance at 11:00 A.M.,
finals begin at 7:30 P.M.)
October 8 – Little Elm Classic on the Lake (schedule TBA)
October 15 – UIL Region Marching Contest at Burleson Stadium (performance at
November 5 – USBands REMO Classic in Round Rock (schedule TBA)
“This coming weekend will be a huge jump in
competition with a deep field of Bands of America (BOA) regional and super regional
finalists and Texas state marching finalists and champions,” Eastin said. “The
kids are ready for a good week of rehearsal and look forward to making finals
against some of the best bands in Texas.”This coming weekend will be a huge jump in competition with a deep field
of BOA regional and Super Regional finalists and Texas state marching finalists
and champions. The kids are ready for a good week of rehearsal and look forward
to making finals against some of the best bands in Texas.
drum major Emma McKelvain is assisted by Melanie Boleng and Bethany Pavelick. Also
serving in band leadership positions are drumline battery captain Hayden
Tackett and front ensemble co-captains Addie Jackson and Tyler Rau; color guard
captain Kaily Reason; section leaders Lauren Boleng (flute), Alex Inbody (clarinet),
Leslie Price (low reeds), Hannah Pallett (saxophone), Brynn Bednarz (trumpet), Katlyn
Backus (French horn), Reece Ahler (low brass), and Brayston Avila (tuba); drill
captains Blake Beatty, Gavin Clarkson, Jayne Cunniff, Tiffany Henney, Roxanna
Hernandez, Mallory Irish, and Saylor Jordan.
Eastin is assisted by Tahlequah Kirk and James Beeson.