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Grenada Bands Prepare for a Busy Season
By Cindy Willis, Band Secretary
The beginning month of school has been full of
activity for Grenada Bands. Director of Bands Barry
Rogers states, “It seems hard to believe, but it is already September. The band has been busy. Pizza delivery day has already come and gone, and I hope you are enjoying the goodies you purchased from the band students. The support of our community plays a big part in the success of the band program, and we are so very thankful.”
Already several football games are behind us, and we hope everyone is enjoying the show. The show this year is entitled “Phobias” and asks, “What are you afraid of?” The band is once again performing the “lay down” at the end of the first movement as part of the fear of death. The “lay down” is an element of the show in which the band members all lay down on the field for a specific effect. It has been a number of years since this has been a part of the show and numerous people had asked that we do it again. This year’s show afforded the apprpriate setting for this maneuver.
Contest season is just around the corner. On October 8th, Grenada will be hosting the Mississippi High School Activities Association Region II Festival, showcasing bands from throughout the region. The bands will take the field beginning at 9 am with Class 1A schools and will continue throughout the day. Admission is $5 for the entire day’s events. The concession stand will be open all day, so visit us and sample some of the great food our grill masters will have prepared.
Following the festival in Grenada, the band will be on the road every Saturday in October for different contests. Locations and times of the other per-formances will be posted to the band website as soon as they are set. The website address is www.Grenadabands.com.
Our youngest students, the 6th graders, received their instruments on September 13th. Their first performance, along with performances from all the band students 6th-12th, will take place on Band Night, scheduled for October 17th at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be on sale on October 11th at Regions Banks, Renasant Bank, Merchants and Farmers Bank, Cleveland State Bank, BancorpSouth, Dolly’s, First Health Pharmacy, Central Office, and the Band Hall. The red back seats at the stadium are reserved seating with a cost of $8 and may only be purchased in advance at the band hall. All other advance tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are $1 higher at the gate.
The middle school band students will be receiving their fundraiser information on October 18th, so be looking for them to knock on your door selling candy, wrapping paper, and other items. All sales are cash at time of order and checks should be made payable to Grenada Band.
Rogers reiterates his appreciation to the community, “The support of our band program is very meaningful to our students and important to the success of our program. As always, thank you for supporting our band program.”