2011-11-09 / School & Sports

Band Notes

by Drum Major Daniel Allen

This past Friday night was a very special night for several of the Miller County band members, athletes, and cheerleaders. It was Senior Night, and before the game, all of the seniors from those groups were recognized for their contributions.

The Pirate Pride Band has four seniors this year. They are Daniel Allen, Josh Kimbrel, Jackie Moore, and Ashley Young. The football team brought us a great victory against Stewart County that night, and the band made the night very special during halftime.

The night began as usual with the band getting the crowd pumped with our stand tunes. As we lined up to march to the field for our half time performance, each band member was handed either a red, white, or blue balloon.

As the band took the field, the balloons were released simultaneously, creating a massive cloud of red, white, and blue in the sky. We then began our show with “Patriotic Opener.”

During the second song, “Main Street America,” seven U.S. Veterans, carrying the U.S. Armed Forces Flags, joined the Pirate Pride Band in a salute to all the people who dedicated their lives to defend our country. After the song, Mr. Cory Thomas recognized each of the veterans and also recognized all veterans in attendance. A “moment of silent prayer” was also observed in memory of the American POWs and MIAs. The band continued the show with “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Following that song, the Senior Band Members came out to perform with Senior Chorus Members Lindsey Fulghum, Tyler Eure, Kaitlyn Smith, and Allison Kelley. This group performed my arrangement of “America the Beautiful” with an instrumental of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” between the verses of “America the Beautiful.” The band members returned to their spots, and the band concluded with the grand finale: the complete version of our national march “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

At the end of our program, Mr. Mickey Henley, a veteran who carried the United States flag during the show, drew a ticket to name the iPad 2 winner. The winner was Eddie Moore. Congratulations to Eddie and thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to help with this fundraiser.

This week’s Band Member of the Week is Josh Kimbrel. He is the son of Tracy and Rachelle Kimbrel and is a senior saxophone player.

Josh also participates in the National Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and the high school tennis team. Congratulations Josh!

I would like to thank everyone in the community who has supported the band this year. Without the high level of community support we have had this year, we would not have been as successful. However, I believe the most thanks goes to our band director, Holly Thomas.

Without her, the Pirate Pride Band would not be here today. I am very thankful that she stepped in to help our band program this year, and I am very grateful to have een able to work with her during my senior year. I wish her luck in the many marching seasons that are ahead of her and the Pirate Pride Band.

This week is the first week of playoffs, and I encourage each and every person to come out and support your Pirates as they travel to Charlton County this Friday!

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