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October 12, 2016
The Granbury High School Pirate Band is busy preparing for the UIL regional marching contest, after placing fourth at the Little Elm Classic on the Lake on October 8, 2016.
During the prelims, the band placed fifth overall and second in class with its fall marching show “Moving Parts,” which features music from American composers John Adams and Stephen Melillo. The group moved up to fourth with a strong performance during finals.
At the USBands Metroxplex Regional Championship Denton on September 24, 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.
“This was our best run of the season thus far,” commented band director Mark Eastin.  “I am so very proud of this band.”
Granbury will compete at 11:30 A.M. at the UIL competition on Saturday, October 15 at Burleson Stadium.  Class 5A schools are not eligible to advance past the regional level this year.  However, the band will also participate in USBands REMO Classic in Round Rock on November 5.
Head drum major Emma McKelvain is assisted by Melanie Boleng 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.
A complete schedule for all band activities can be found at

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