GHS BAND NAMED GRAND CHAMPION AT ROUND ROCK CONTEST
GHS Pirate Band was named Grand Champion at the USBands REMO Series Finale on
November 5, 2016, in Round Rock.
band won the top prize as well as awards for Best Music and Best Overall Effect
during the finals competition held at Kelly Reeves Stadium. During the preliminary contest earlier in the
day, Granbury was Best in Class among the larger schools competing in the
marching band festival and also earned class trophies for Best Music, Best
Percussion, and Best Visual.
the grand champions honors ends the band’s fall marching season, which also
culminated on November 4 with the ensemble’s annual light show following the
last home football game.
month, the band earned a Division I superior rating at the UIL region marching
competition at Burleson Stadium. The “Moving
Parts” marching show, which features music from American composers John Adams
and Stephen Melillo, received the top rating from all three judges, who
evaluated both Class 5A and 6A groups. Class
5A schools were not eligible to advance past the regional level this year.
the USBands Metroplex 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.
The Granbury ensemble followed up with a fourth-place finish at the
Little Elm Classic on the Lake on October 8.
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.
band director Mark Eastin is assisted by Tahlequah Kirk and James Beeson.