Posted Date: 11/14/2017
The Patriot Pride Marching Band lives up to their name, representing Marion with dignity and honor on and off the field. In addition to performing at pep rallies and football games, they also put in countless hours practicing outside of the normal school day. Of all the student organizations at MHS, band has some of the hardest working and most dedicated members.
While most students were soaking up the last moments of summer, the band was practicing stand tunes and its new field show, “Batman vs. Superman”. Summer practices ran from 8-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Once school started, practice continued daily during first period and after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. Many students, like junior Alexis Bass, credited their success at the Searcy competition to their extensive practices.
“All our practices meant something, we didn’t just go goof off, we worked for hours and hours, and just got beat down drilling the music, and that’s why we killed it,” Bass stated.
The friendship, teamwork skills and hours of practice the band has put in may sometimes go unnoticed, but all that hard work paid off. At the Regional Marching Contest in Searcy on Oct. 17, the band scored First Division, qualifying them for state, where they competed on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The band worked toward the goal of competing in the state contest all marching season, and achieving that goal was a surreal moment for them. Upon learning they qualified for state, feelings of excitement and joy could be felt throughout all the band sections.
“We were actually really excited because our first thought when we got off that field was, ‘If we did not get first division to go to state, we did all this work for nothing,’” Bass said. “I’m so happy with us because we’ve done so much work since the summer, and we’ve progressed so much since last year.”
The band placed second division, 10th band at the state competition. Despite not placing where they would have liked, they still enjoyed the experience and enjoyed seeing and learning from bigger bands.
¨It’s always a great experience to watch other bands, even though we want to win,” senior and tuba section leader B’licious Sanders stated.
By Ciara Massey,
Marion School District
Photo by Miriam Hancock