Mean Green Marching Machine
makes it 36 in a row with "I" Superior rating
With severe weather forecast for Saturday’s UIL Region Marching Contest at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, the original schedule was altered to include bands normally competing that afternoon.
Iowa Park’s Mean Green Marching Machine was to be the fourth band on the field, following 5A schools Wichita Falls Old High and Rider High School, and 4A Burkburnett.
Prior to Burkburnett taking the field, the Class 5A results were announced, with the Coyote Band earning a Superior “I” rating, and the Raider Band a “II”.
Those results provided an early indication that the three judges were going to wear a critical eye throughout the day.
With that in mind, Saturday was a big win in many ways for the Mean Green Marching Machine, as the Hawk Band’s performance earned them a Superior “I” rating, continuing a legacy that stretches back 36 years.
“It was a tough day, but the Mean Green Marching Machine came out on top once again,” said Director Charlie Bradberry.
“I am extremely pleased with the quality of performance our students put forth Saturday.
“It always amazes me how our students continue to perform at such a high level.”
In addition to Iowa Park, Burkburnett and Graham also earned a “I” rating Saturday. Under UIL rules, Class 4A bands will not advance through area and state-level rounds this year.
Hirschi received an Excellent (2) rating, and Vernon a Good (3) rating.
The tight level of critique was noted in Iowa Park’s performance of “Sounds of the Sea.”
“Nice band sound in many moments today! When you got to the pirates’ finale, some individuals not matching style or balancing. Good solos!”
“Very good band sounds. Very good attention to characteristic sounds within sections. Very good attention to balance within sections and with full ensemble. Sound is never adversely affected by range or volume. Great work on this aspect of your performance.”
“Mostly good ... strive for more contrast between dynamic levels.”
“Very good pulse almost all the time. A few moments where background rhythmic figures weren’t quite as clean as you want, usually because articulations didn’t line up as well in those moments. Very good agreement on phraising almost all the time. Great work on this aspect of your performance.”
“Check shoulder placement throughout the show ... a few students not conforming to the style that the rest of the group is setting up.”
“A few minor issues today with the first step in a new direction. Make sure you measure the first one. That determines how good the transition is to the next picture. Especially true when the marching ensemble moves from endzone to endzone. Really good contribution by colorguard. Great job today band. I enjoyed your performance. Congratulations!”
Bradberry said of this year’s Hawk Band performance “This year’s success can also be attributed to the parents and our student helpers, the ‘Hauling Hawks’. Without their dedication and hard work, this year’s show would not have been possible.
“I want to thanks each and everyone of the parents who took their time to help us,” he continued, noting that between band members, color guard, Hauling Hauks and parent volunteers the band traveled and performed with over 140 people.
“Mrs. (Teresa) Archambo and I are very pleased with how everything came together, and could not be happier with the success of our students.
“We are also very grateful for the support from our administration. Without their continued help and support we could not achieve our continuing high levels of success.
“We have the best students around,” Bradberry said. “Each and everyone of them put forth the work and effort it took to be successful. Band means family, and it’s a great day to be a Hawk.”
Members of the 2017-18 Mean Green Marching Machine include the following:
Maddie Lindstrom, Amy Allen, Saydie Bradberry.
Julia Hall, Adrianna Campbell, Madison Currey, Haylon Hardman, Lauren Holliday, Sadie Horton, Candice Walker, Emma Barker, Zoey Crawford, Andrea Cunningham, Alexis Hagg, Hayley Mahler, Raegann Larrimer.
Chloe Ellison, Hailee Gregory, Georgia Haggart, Zoe Lindstrom, Abigail Jameson, Savannah Teague, Eathan Austin, Gracie Moon, Natalie Reed, Mackenzie Gilbert, Allison Lewis, Alyssa Walker, Austin Perkins, Kayleigh Galliton, Makayla Campbell, Makenzie Havelka, Tommy Barnett, Maggie Whitaker, Megan McCallister.
Marissa Reed, Daniel Pedigo, Johnathan Schultz, Gavin Worley, Brendan Knight, James Bever.
Sarah Templeton, Hunter Fournier, Nathan Whisnand, Noah Grace.
Alyssa Powers, Kayleigh Moulton.
Shelby Sanders, Jace Bennett, Korah Stone, Zack Neilson, Sydney Staats, Kylee Crawford, Emmiley Brown, Michael Nemetz, Seth Blevins, Cameron Wicks.
Baylee Franks, Mckinley Lee, Abby Wetherbee, Cameron Tackett, Reagan Burroughs.
Paige Crockett, Chloe Nemetz, Jacob Pruett, Brandi Baker, Hannah Knight, Tatum Alexander, Brandon Hernandez.
Stephen Foster, Michael Rodriguez, Tristan Polvadore, Mathew Tatom, Zetta Cannedy.
Mason Bradberry, Zack Roberts, Dayton Poor, Zach Allen, Kody Wells, Chase Wilson, Wyatt Schultz, Brenna Blevins, Riley Vickers.
Caity Whisnand, Tyler Culipher, Jacob Lewis, Katlyn Heard, Kyle Culipher, Quinton Armstrong, Blaion Bryant, Dylan Wood, Christina Morgan.
Cuoy O’Connor, Caileigh Casillas, Constance Shelnutt, Alexis Foster, Alyssa Peigne, Ashley Bautista, Averi Franks, Bailey Williams, Gracie Chandler, Kalina Hutchings, Payton Kelmer, Molly Miller, Grace Carroll, Payton Vickers, Saige Evarrt.