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Hawk Band heads to marching contest

After more than two months of countless practice sessions and halftime performances, the IPHS Mean Green Marching Machine will head to Memorial Stadium Saturday to compete in the UIL Region 2 Marching Contest.

The Hawk Band, under the direction of Charlie Bradberry and Paula Tagalos, will perform at 3:45 p.m.

This year’s show is entitled “Phantom of the Opera.” According to Bradberry, it tells the story of a young lady named Christine Daae, who was orphaned as a child and sent to live in the Paris Opera House to train as a ballerina. During her youth, she was seduced by the phantom of the opera house and taught the art of singing. Later, the Opera is sold to a young and very wealthy man named the Viscount Raoul de Chagny, who was also Christine’s childhood sweetheart.

Raoul and Christine fall back in love much to the dismay of the Phantom, and so the love triangle begins.

“Our show has all three characters: the Phantom, played by Meredith Berend; Raoul, played by Cable Deweese; and Christine, played by Cheyenne O’Brien,” said Bradberry.

“This show has come together in a matter of a few short months, beginning back in August,” Bradberry remarked. “The band has worked really hard, and has really embraced this show and all the theatrics that it entails. During our show the phantom makes several appearances, and even interrupts a Masquerade party.”

Prior to Saturday, the Hawk Band invites the public to an open practice session at Hawk Stadium from 7 to 9 p.m Friday. Food and drink will be available, and the public will be able to see firsthand what it takes to put on a show of this caliber, noted Bradberry.

Hawk Band members marching this Saturday include Cassandra Alambar, Abigail Allen, Amy Allen, Jessica Allen, Zachary Allen, Paige Armstrong, Brandi Baker, Jayce Bennett, Jazmyne Bernal, Kaitlynn Bever, Isabella Black, Nathan Blain, Brenna Blevins, Justin Bogart, Destiny Boyd, Mason Bradberry, Meghan Bradberry, Saydie Bradberry, John Bradshaw, Tasha Casey, Caileigh Casillas, Paige Crockett, Kyle Culipher, Cable DeWeese, Issac Diaz, Hailey Durham, Nathan Eaves, Chloe Ellison, Kennedy Faulkner, Stephen Foster, Hunter Fournier, Bayley Franks, Jacob Fuhrman, Audery Gorman, Noah Grace, Drake Greene, Tayler Griminger, Georgia Haggart, Julia Hall, Lauren Hambright, Jennifer Hams, Myles Hanford, Mervyn Harp, Kadie Haswell, Jacob Hawkins, Brandon Hernandez, Brianna Hodges, Samantha Holliday, and Emily Hutchings.

Also, Mikayla Kelmer, Audra Kennedy, Robbie Kenyon, Caden Lampe, Dalton Lewis, Jacob Lewis, Madison Lindstrom, Lauren Ashley Martin, Kilee McCallister, Robert McCarty, Jacob McClean, Nelson Miller, Loran Polly, Dayton Poore, Jacob Pruett, Sarah Rambo, Marissa Reed, Zachary Roberts, Alexander Ryan, Shelby Sanders, Cassandra Savel, Jacob Schultz, Raymond Schultz, Constance Shelnutt, Sarah So, Jered Stevens, Matthew Tatom, Savannah Teague, Sarah Templeton, Rhagen Thompson, Payton Vickers, Courtney Ward, Kaci Wells, Caitlyn Whisnand, Cameron Wicks, Corey Witherspoon, and Dylan Wood.

The UIL Region 2 Marching Contest begins early Saturday with Class 1A bands performing starting at 9 a.m. Class 2A bands will start at 10:15. Class 3A Bands start their performances at 1:15 p.m.

Class 4A bands will start at 3 p.m. with Hirschi followed every 15 minutes by performances from Graham, Vernon, Iowa Park, and Burkburnett.


Class 5A bands Old High and Rider will perform starting at 4:15.