September 21, 2011
GHS Band Drumline
The drumline of the Granbury High School Pirate Band competed at the HEB Drumline Contest held September 17, 2011, at Pennington Field in Bedford.  The group placed sixth in their class and also won an award for best cymbal line.


"We didn't quite finish where we wanted, but the day overall was a great and memorable experience from start to finish,” commented director Tahlequah Kirk.  The growth, ability, and confidence these students have shown in such a short period are immeasurable and will pay off sooner for them than they know.  I could not more proud of my students' efforts right now."


Members of the drumline include students from both GHS and Crossland Ninth Grade Center:  snare drums – Sam Tyra, Chandler Chiappe, Justin Kochis, Josh Musser; tenors – Colleen Castaneda, Klint Keating; bass drums – BreAnne Daly, Ross Backus, Garrett Williams, Brandon Danz-Shepherd; cymbals – Taylor Clayton, Kayla Jumper, Ashleen Atchue, Emily Enns; front ensemble – Cole Nolin, Tyrone Washington, Mallory Grober, Katie McKamy, Randy Sillivent, Brent Monk, Kaleb Rankin, Alexis Baker.


The highly competitive contest attracts the more reputable percussion programs throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including schools from Birdville, Mansfield, and Arlington.


Band members have a full schedule of competitions next month:  October 8 – Aledo Marching Contest; October 15 – HEB Marching Contest; October 22 – UIL regional marching contest in Burleson.  Class 4A bands also have the opportunity to advance beyond region this year.


The drumline plans to compete in the Lone Star Classic on November 12 in Flower Mound.


Pictured above are cymbal players (left to right) Kayla Jumper, Taylor Clayton, and Ashleen Atchue with their trophy from the HEB competition.