Hawk Band heads to UIL Marching Contest
The IPHS Mean Green Marching Machine will take the field at 3:15 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls to perform in the UIL Region 7 Marching Band Contest.
Fair weather is expected for the day’s contest, which will include bands from Class A to Class 5A starting at 10 in the morning.
This year’s show by the Hawk Band is “African Celebrations” and consists of different African hymns and traditional songs. Fans at previous Hawk games have been treated to the band’s progress in preparing for the region contest
According to Director Charlie Bradberry, the performance opens with a trumpet solo by senior Cable DeWeese.
“The solo represents the beginning of a new day as the sun rises across the plains,” said Bradberry. “As the solo ends, the band enters with a fanfare section signifying the unison voices of the people joining together to give thanks for the new day.”
As the show progresses, the music changes to a more playful and joyful pace as the syncopation of African rhythms in the percussion is met with a “delightful melody of upper voices,” said the IPHS director.
“We then continue to a more somber tone as senior drum major Meghan Bradberry plays an alto saxophone solo in a piece entitled “Prayer.” This song symbolizes a time of reflection and rest as the day comes to a close and turns to night.
“The warm, rich melody and the lush harmonies come together and create a feeling of joy and peace.
“Then, when the sun goes down the “Celebration” begins,” he continued. “The song begins with a flurry of woodwinds and looming brass melodies that let you know a party is about to ensue. As the song progresses, we get to hear two dueling saxophones battle back and forth in a dance off feature as senior Kaci Wells and Meghan take turns soloing vehemently as the band marches in a feverish pace behind.
“At the conclusion of our show, we get to see the whole band come together in a big company front formation, and we end our show with a sensational and upbeat melody.”
Iowa Park will be the first Class 4A band to perform, followed by Hirschi (3:30), Vernon (3:45) and Burkburnett (4:00).
The contest will end with performances by Class 5A Wichita Falls Old High (4:15) and Rider (4:30).
The Midwestern State University Band will perform an exhibition at that time, prior to announcements of 4A and 5A results.
Judges are Rick Baker, Ron Behrends, and Benny Davis.
Knox City will be the first Class 1A band to perform (10 a.m.) followed by Throckmorton.
Class 2A bands will begin at 10:30 with Seymour, followed by Olney, Windthorst, Electra, Anson, Archer City, Munday, Petrolia, Stamford, and Haskell.
Holliday will be the first Class 3A band to perform at 2 p.m., followed by City View, Jacksboro, and Henrietta.
Class 4A bands earning a “I” rating at the Region 7 contest will advance to the UIL 4A Area B Contest Saturday, Oct. 29 at Collins Stadium in Denton.