Bands gear up for march­ing sea­son

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHANIE KOUTOUC & MAT MC­COOL Spe­cial to The TIMES

The high school band, un­der the di­rec­tion of Kevin Hume, Matt Mc­Cool and Sara Beth Eubanks, is gear­ing up for a new march­ing sea­son.

The stu­dents worked in sum­mer prac­tices from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 24 through Aug. 7, learn­ing to march and to play the mu­sic to the half­time/com­pe­ti­tion show ti­tled “Mu­sic After Dark.” The show has three main tunes with the theme of “night” be­ing in each tune, in­clud­ing: “Tonight” from West Side Story, “Mu­sic of the Night” from Phan­tom of the Opera, and “Some Nights” by the pop group Fun.

The band has three drum ma­jors this year — head drum ma­jor, se­nior Prissy Hall; con­duct­ing ma­jor, se­nior Gar­rett Lang; and as­sis­tant drum ma­jor, ju­nior Ash­ley Hansen. The band will par­tic­i­pate in sev­eral march­ing com­pe­ti­tions this fall. The first com­pe­ti­tion will be the Black­hawk March­ing Clas­sic Oct. 7 at Pea Ridge sta­dium. This event is open to the pub­lic, and serves as a fundraiser for the Black­hawk bands, where many area bands will come to com­pete against each other for scor­ings from a panel of five judges. This is the fourth year for the band to host this event.

The band will then travel to Rogers Her­itage High School the fol­low­ing Satur­day, Oct. 14, to com­pete at the War Ea­gle Clas­sic com­pe­ti­tion. The band’s Re­gion march­ing as­sess­ment will be on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Rogers High School. The band is com­ing off of three straight years of su­pe­rior rat­ings at Re­gion march­ing as­sess­ment, which is the high­est scores than can be achieved at this con­test.

Then, Satur­day, Oct. 21, the band will travel to Siloam Springs for an­other in­vi­ta­tional march­ing con­test. The band placed in the top eight bands at this con­test last year and marched in the

fi­nals com­pe­ti­tion, which was a big achieve­ment for the band. The fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion will be at the Arkansas State Band and Orches­tra As­so­ci­a­tion (ASBOA) State March­ing Con­test, in War Memo­rial Sta­dium, Lit­tle Rock, Mon­day, Oct. 30. This is just the sec­ond year for the state to have this event, and the first time for Pea Ridge to par­tic­i­pate.

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