October 10, 2011
The GHS Pirate Band advanced to the finals with its “A Child’s Garden of Dreams” show at the Unleash the Sound Marching Festival held October 8, 2011, at Aledo Bearcat Stadium.


At the Aledo competition, the Granbury band was one of several schools selected to advance to the finals before pouring rain and thunderstorms cancelled the evening performances.  The percussion snared awards for best cymbal line and second place drumline.


The band will next compete at the HEB Marching Contest at Bedford’s Pennington Field on Saturday, October 15.  That competition is hosted by L.D. Bell and Trinity High Schools, and the Pirate Band will take the field in the preliminary round at 10:50 A.M.  A finals performance in the evening is also a possibility, if the band advances.


Both the Aledo and HEB events are precursors to the UIL regional competition set for Saturday, October 22 at Burleson Stadium.  The Granbury band is scheduled to perform at 3:45 P.M. and will be among numerous Class 4A and 5A schools competing.  GHS has an opportunity to advance to area and state this year.


The band is under the field direction of drum majors Ian Bird, Emily Hiler, and Phoebe Wallace.  Directors are Mark Eastin and Tahlequah Kirk, who are assisted by middle school directors Scott Johnson, John Morgan, Roger Ramsey, and Tim Stevens.


Pictured above are scenes from the Aledo marching contest.