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October Activities

Grenada High School hosted its tenth Mississippi High School Activities Association Region II Marching Festival this past weekend.  Approximately 22 Mississippi high school bands traveled to Grenada to compete in this event.  Bands began competing at 10:00a.m. and performances ceased around 5:30p.m.  Bands competing included JZ George High School, Eupora High School, Bruce High School, Calhoun City High School, Lake Cormorant High, Greenwood High School, Lewisburg High School, Independence High School, Holly Springs High School, Winona High School, Grenada High School, Cleveland High School, Lafayette High School, Senatobia High School, Clarksdale High School, Center Hill High School, Hernando High School, Starkville High School, Horn Lake High School, South Panola High School, DeSoto Central High School, and Southaven High School.

Bands are required by the state to compete in this festival in order to compete in the marching and concert festivals held in the spring.  Bands receive scores for overall performance, percussion, drum major, and color guard.  All scores add up to a rating for the band and ranking in that particular contest.  Bands receive awards and rankings based on their school size (2A, 5A, etc.)

Six different judges adjudicated this annual event.  Overall performance judges were Dr. Bill Braden, David East, and Ken Ortlepp.  Dr. Jason Baker assessed percussion, while Stephanie Moulder evaluated drum majors.  Danny Gatlin ranked the color guard teams.    

Grenada School District students enjoyed a break from classes on Monday due to Fall Break.  This break was well deserved after nine-weeks exams the previous week!  Students and faculty alike used the three-day weekend to relax and unwind while preparing for the beginning of the new term. 

Grenada School District Band Night is scheduled for October 17, 2011, at 7:00p.m.  On this night, all band students in the entire district -sixth through twelfth grades- will march onto the field at Charger Stadium to perform as one.  This will be the first public performance for sixth grade band members. Advance tickets may be purchased at Regions Bank, Renasant Bank, Dolly’s, First Health Pharmacy, GSD Central Office, and the band hall.  Advance tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students (tickets are $1 higher at the gate).  Reserved seats (the red chairs with backs) in the stadium may be purchased from the band hall only and are available for $8.  Gates will open at 6:00p.m.  

Many other activities are scheduled for the month of October.  Activities include:
•October 12- GHS Band Practice (3:40 – 5:15); PSAT (11th grade)
•October14 – GMS Choirs – Mississippi Sings, Jackson, Mississippi
•October 15– Band Contest (Grenada High School stadium)
•October 17 – Band Night, Grades 6-12 – GHS Stadium (7:00p.m.); Report Cards issued
•October 18– GMS Open House (3:30p.m. – 6:00p.m.)•October 19 – GHS Band Rehearsal (3:40p.m. - 5:15p.m.); GSD March of Dimes shirts come in
•October 21 – GHS Football (last home game); GUES & GMS Show Choir Spectacular Workshop (MDCC)
•October 22 – GHS Band (Peach State Marching Band Contest – Rome, Georgia); GUES/GMS Show Choir Spectacular Workshop (MDCC); ACT
•October 24 –GHS Band rehearsal (3:40p.m. – 5:15p.m.); Rain Date for Band Night (GHS Stadium, 7:00p.m.); DECA Fall Leadership Conference (Tupelo – Arrive Alive, Don’t Text and Drive – 11th Grade)
•October 26 – GHS Band rehearsal (3:40p.m. – 5:15p.m.•October 27– Partners in Education Reception (Central Office – 7:30 a.m.– 9:00a.m.)

Make plans to support the Grenada School District at one of the many events scheduled during the month of October!