The GHS Pirate Band shined at the UIL Area B marching contest while performing their best show of the season, the band director said. The contest was held Saturday at Pennington Field in Bedford.
“I was very pleased with our performance at area contest,” commented band director Mark Eastin, who is in his fourth year leading the Granbury band program. “The kids were focused and gave their best performance of the season.”
The band had been preparing its marching show “We the Living” for the competition since early August, with a three-week summer camp preceding the start of the school year.
The group awed crowds during football halftime programs and then had a busy schedule on the road with invitational competitions in late September and early October prior to UIL contest.
Although the band was not one of the four advancing to the state marching contest in San Antonio, Eastin was optimistic that the Granbury ensemble was on the right track. “Not placing higher I know was disappointing to them, but the depth of quality bands at this contest is like no other area in the state,” the director said, referring to the 23 bands competing at Pennington Field.
“We are in good company with several bands ranked around us who are perennial area finalists and state qualifiers that didn’t make it,” Eastin remarked. “We see it as another step in our progress to being a top-level band program and will learn and grow from the experience.”
The band advanced to area after earning a Division I superior rating from all three judges at the regional competition on Oct. 19 at Burleson Stadium. Only 10 of the 17 Region 7 bands in Class 4A made it to area.
The band is under the field direction of drum majors Ashleen Atchue, Chase Rogers and Allison Jillson. Directors are Eastin and Tahlequah Kirk, who are assisted by middle school directors Stephanie Bosch, Alan Chrzanowski, Michele Kahne and John Morgan.
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