Band prepares for district marching competition


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Senior Junior Francisco works on his playing and marching skills with the color guard and Belles in the background. The group has worked hand-in-hand on this year’s show, with some students taking on multiple jobs between the groups. They will find out how it all looks to the judges when they compete Wednesday in the UIL Marching Band competition.

    Since the very beginning of summer, the Bison Belles and the Bison Brigade have been working together to combine their halftime shows together. A few Belle members have even decide to be a part of the band and the color guard. Despite some apprehension about how well everything would gel, the groups are putting the finishing touches on the show in preparation for the UIL Marching Band competition next Wednesday on the Mary Hardin-Baylor campus.

    “At first I was really scared,”  Belle director Mrs. Harter said. “I didn’t know if we would be able to memorize all the choreography we have to do for the pep rally, the game, our halftime show, plus now the rest of their show, but I really like what we’re doing.”

    The group is working together in hopes of earning a division 1 rating at the regional competition and moving on to the area contest the next Saturday.

    “Last year was the first year for the band to compete in the marching contest in a number of years, and they earned a division 2, which was fantastic,” director Jeff Villarreal said. “This year, the students set their own goal of making a 1. They are entirely capable of earning that.”

    For Belles who decided to join the band, there have been a few problems, mainly with keeping up with all of the different practices. They feel that the work has been worth it, though.

    “I think our show is really nice,” junior Annel Escobar said. “Keeping up with practices is a challenge, but I’m sort of used to it now. It is worth it, though, like on Friday nights when you hear people cheering you on; it’s a good feeling that all the practices payed off.

    The common goal for the band and Belles was to join together to make an “awesome” halftime show that showcased the harmony between the two groups.

    “I also think it makes us more united,” Harter said. “And I think it builds camaraderie between the two groups. We’ve learned to appreciate the band more.”