Hawk Band makes it 35 in a row
The Iowa Park Mean Green Marching Machine contributed a 35th consecutive “I” rating Saturday to the band’s longtime legacy, as the Hawk Band earned a superior rating at the UIL Region 6 Marching Contest at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
And this being a year the UIL will advance 4A bands to the state level, the Hawk Band will compete Saturday in the Area 4B Marching Contest at the Collins Athletic Facility in Denton, taking the field at 11:15 in the morning.
Ten of 23 band will advance to the finals starting at 7 p.m., with the top band advancing to the state contest in San Antonio.
At least four bands will earn a trip to state.
Iowa Park will be the sixth band to take the field Saturday in Denton. The highly-competitive field begins playing at 10, starting with Terrell, Heritage, Community, Argyle, Mabank, and Iowa Park, then continuing with Carrollton Ranchview, Burkburnett, Aubrey, Gainesville, Anna, Brownwood, Sanger, Krum, Canton, Crandall, Melissa, Ferris, Kaufman, Wills Point, Princeton, Graham, and Stephenville.
“Mrs. (Paula) Tagalos and I are very proud of the band’s performance on Saturday,” Director Charlie Bradberry said this week, echoing the sentiments of his assistant band director.
“We did what we set out to do, and accomplished one of our goals of making it to the area marching contest,” he continued. “We are honored to have been a part of Iowa Park’s 35th consecutive “1’s” ... the band worked diligently in preparation for contest for months now, and we are happy to see the students’ hard work and dedication pay off.
“We are looking forward to participating in this week’s contest, and are optimistic about the possible outcome.”
He noted that along with Tagalos he is “working tirelessly to perfect all of the many details one must master in order to perform at our highest level.
“We would like to say a very special thank you to the football team, cheerleaders, football coaches, and cheer sponsors who came and showed their support Saturday,” Bradberry said. “Iowa Park was the only band who had the support of their football team and cheerleaders, and it made a huge impact on the students and crowd. It truly was a great day to be a Hawk!”
Iowa Park performed flawlessly Saturday, despite technical glitches that prohibited drum major Meghan Bradberry from offering one of four planned solos during the show. Fellow senior Kaci Wells took up the slack later by playing both parts of a planned saxophone duel solo.
The three judges at Saturday’s contest overlooked the technical aspects.
Overall, Iowa Park was the only 4A band to receive unanimous “1” ratings.
“Overall good tone quality and balance,” said judge Ronald Bofrends. “Some minor technique issues at times usually related to air and support.”Overall good job with Ensemble and bend. minor precision problems at times, but overall solid performance.
“Overall good marhing techniue .. some individuals are not quite as consistent with the heel to toe on the forward march. Make sure we all do the same amount of toe flex. Overall good alignment and spacing with minor flaws at times. I enjoyed your show.”
The second of three judges said, “Good sounds. Mostly good balance/band. Intonation stays good consistently. Good persuasion!
“Good drill! Good show! Well done.”
The third judge at region said. “Students demonstrate a high level of understading in making quality tone, blend, intonation, and ensemble sound. Very few loose ends.
“Students display an aequate to high level of invidual musicianship. Students show high level of competency with marching style and fundamentals.”
Iowa Park High School Hawk Band members participating in Saturday’s regional contest include Abigail Allen, Amy Allen, Zachary Allen, Alyssa Powers, Paige Artmstrong, Austin Perkins, Brandi Baker, Jace Bennett, Jazmyne Bernal, James Bever, Kaitlynn Bever, Breena Blevins, Destiny Boyd, Mason Bradberry, Saydie Bradberry, Emmiley Brown, Adriana Campbell, Zetta Cannedy, Tasha Casey, Caileigh Casillas, Paige Crockett, Kyle Culipher, Cable DeWeese, Hailey Durham, Chloe Ellison, Kennedy Faulkner, Brittany Fore, Stephen Foster, Hunter Fourniet, Nathaniel Fowler, Bayley Franks, Olivia Geiger, Mackenzie Gilbert, Noah Grace, Hailee Gregory, Georgia Haggart, Julia Hall, Hannah Knight, Haylon Hardmon, Kadie Haswell, Katlyn Heard, Brandon Hernandez, Lauren Holliday, Sadie Horton, Kalina Hutchings, Abigail Jameson, Johnny Shultz, Marielynn Jordan, Makenzie Keath, Brendan Knight, Caden Lampe, Raegann Larrimer, Elyssa Leal, Mckinley Lee, Dalton Lewis, Jacob Lewis, Madison Lindstrom, Zoe Lindstrom, Makayla Campbell, Lauren Ashley Martin, Kilee McCallister, Megan McCallister, Nelson Miller, Gracie Moon, Kayleigh Moulton, Nathan Whisnand, Chloe Nemetz, Cuay O’Connor, Daniel Pedigo, Loran Polly, Dayton Poore, Jacob Pruett, Quinton Armstrong, Sarah Rambo, Reagan Burroughs, Marissa Reed, Natalie Reed, Zachary Roberts, Alexander Ryan, Shelby Sanders, Cassandra Savel, Jacob Schultz, Raymond Shultz, Constance Shelnutt, Jered Stevens, Allyson Stewart, Matthew Tatom, Savannah Teague, Sarah Templeton, Brianna Thompson, Tristan Polvadore, Tyler Culipher, Payton Vickers, Candice Walker, Courtney Ward, Kaci Wells, Kody Wells, Caitlyn Whisnand, Cameron Wicks, Sara Wood, and Gavin Worley.