The GHS Pirate Band participated in its first – and wettest – competition of the marching season during the 2nd Annual Preview of Champions at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield.
Rained poured during the latter half of the performance, but the stoic band members preserved and completed their marching show.
“The kids handled it like pros, and we are most proud of how they reacted to the adverse condition by focusing more and working to get through it together,” commented band director Mark Eastin.
The GHS band finished 10th in the preliminary round and qualified for the finals. However, the weather conditions led directors to decide to make their way home rather than stay in Mansfield with the possibility that the finals could be cancelled altogether.
This year’s marching show “We the Living” features “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Faure, “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten, “The Farewell and Spectrum of the Sky” by Break the Reality, and some original material by William Pitt.
The band will have a chance to advance to the state marching contest year, as Class 4A schools are eligible in odd-numbered years. The marching ensemble will compete at another invitational competition on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Aledo before the UIL regional marching contest Saturday, Oct. 19, in Burleson.
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