Band participates in Iowa Park, Memorial Stadium Festivals


Junior Morgan Essary

The Prowlin’ Growlin’ Wildcat Band practices for the upcoming festivals. Working on the moves and music is a big obstacle for them to overcome.

Emily Strenski, Editor-in-Chief

The Prowlin’ Growlin’ Wildcat Band performed in two festivals Oct. 1.

“It’s going to be good critique for us that will help us know what we need to work on,” band director Karen Brunker said. “It will also give us good energy for the next several rehearsals.”

It’s one of those memories that makes you happy to go to this school”

— Senior Sam Clements

The band wasn’t given a division rating like they would at a normal contest, but the judges’ advice was beneficial for the band, according to assistant band director Kevin Elliston.

“It was a good day,” Mr. Elliston said. “I think we learned a lot from the judges telling us what to work on and we’ll get that much better for contest.”

Sophomore Sebastian Mabry said that he felt the three performances improved as they progressed through the day.

“Our first performance wasn’t our greatest,” Mabry said. “The second one was a little better, and the third was definitely the best of the day. We at least now know who needs to work more on what.”

Mrs. Brunker said she knows the students will be motivated to work harder after listening to the judges’ commentary.

“The students did great in the midst of heat and exhaustion,” Mrs. Brunker said. “They performed well, but we have a lot of things we need to work on. I know that the students will be willing to work and that we’ll be busy in the coming weeks.”

Senior Samantha Clements said that she really enjoyed marching in the festivals.

“It was new and exciting,” Clements said. “It’s one of those memories that makes you happy to go to this school.”

One student believed that the festivals were needed for the band and will prepare them better for contest.

“During festivals you get to spend the whole day perfecting your show,” junior Tessa Brooks said. “They are essential to the season.”

Drum major and senior Audrey Schroeder said that she’s really excited for contest.

“I’m really proud of what we did,” Schroeder said. “We had a few problems in our first two performances but we ended it with a really good performance at Memorial Stadium. I’m ready for contest.”