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GHS PIRATE BAND STARTS MARCHING SEASON COMPETITIONS

October 3, 2019 

GHS Pirate Band

The GHS Pirate Band shined while kicking off the fall marching competition season in the Mansfield Preview of Champions on September 28, 2019, at Vernon Newsom Stadium.

The band was third in class among Class 6A schools, the largest classification with bands grouped according to the size of students in the wind block.  Granbury finished eighth during the preliminary round and moved up to seventh following finals. 

“We are all very proud of the students’ accomplishment at this level of competition this early in the season,” commented GHS band director Mark Eastin.  “We received excellent critique from the judges and we learned where we stack up with some of the bands we will see at our own area contest in late October.  Our process demands that every performance be better than the last.” 

The band boasts 210 members, including 40 in the drumline and battery and another 15 in the color guard.  “Next Stage” features the music of Phillip Glass and Imogen Heap. 

Granbury will compete in two upcoming Bands of America competitions.  First up will be the BOA West Texas Regional Championship at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland on Saturday, October 12.  That will be followed by the BOA San Antonio Super Regional Championship on Saturday, November 2 at the Alamodome. 

UIL regional marching contest is Tuesday, October 15 at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School’s Ranger Stadium, with Granbury performing at 5:30pm.  If advancing, the area competition will be Saturday, October 26 at Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex. 

The Pride of Granbury is under the direction of Mark Eastin, Tahlequah Kirk, Shane O’Brien, Katelyn Johnson, and color guard instructor Maggie Meroney.  

Drum majors are seniors Kylie Eastin and Jackson Griffith along with junior Hannah Branum.  Also serving in band leadership positions are color guard captains Melinda Beeson and Ashley Green.  For the Pirate Drumline, Kyla Asante-Wiredu is battery captain and Mason Hadley is front ensemble captain.

Photo by Jennifer Asante-Wiredu