MIDLOTHIAN – With their last marching band performance just days away, Midlothian High School Regiment Band members have a table full of evidence of the work they had put into the season.
On a table in front of the band room where band members sat with heads bent over their sheet music and toes tapping in unison worked their way through the musical scores for the upcoming concert band season, trophies and plaques of different sized sat on display. Band drum majors Brady Escobar, Alyssa Trezza and Macencia Mitchell said this marching season had left them with many good memories.
“The end of the season will be bittersweet. It will be nice to get some time back to ourselves, but to see it come to a close is sad,” said Trezza, a senior.
The band took home several noteworthy prizes from the five competitions they participated in this year, said band director Larry Doran, including Grand Champions of the Gatesville Marching Festival on Oct. 15, just three days after they ranked very high UIL Marching Contest on Oct. 13.
“We received first division rankings from all the judges with superior ratings,” he said.
In a 5A state competition year, the would have qualified the band to move on to the area competition, he said, but that will have to wait until next year. The band also won Best in Class at the Mansfield Preview of Champions.
Receiving such high scores and knowing they were ending the season as the best was a highlight of the year for him, junior Escobar said.
“It was good. It was our last competition with any of these seniors,” he said.
The band competed every weekend for about a month and a half, Escobar said, and the drum majors spend 12 or more hours a day together on competition days.
“It is defiantly a family. We always joke the three of us have too much time together and fight like siblings,” Trezza said.
That bond extends to every member of the band, senior Mitchell said.
“I really like seeing band people in the hall and knowing their names and being able to say high to them,” she explained.
But after the many hours of work, seeing their fellow band members perform at their best at the final contest of the year at Gatesville brought tears to hear eyes, she said.
“In a ballad, we have one moment where it is supposed to be very emotional and moving. Conducting those final measures and hearing the band perform the way it was supposed to be played, that was the best moment,” she said.
As they prepare for the final leg of their high school band careers, Trezza and Mitchell agreed it was good to go out on a high note.
“We have never had a bad year, but we weren't as good some years as we hoped,” Trezza explained.
“It was good to get that validation,” Mitchell said.
This year's band members performed well on the challenging show designed for them, Doran said.
“I thought we had a really well thought out show. The students did an exceptional job performing it both musically and visually. The color guard did an excellent job of portraying the music visually and in a very elegant way,” Doran said.
Called Enchanted Forest, the show included music from Maurice Ravel's ballet “Daphnis et Chloé,” Felix Mendelssohn's “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” “Camelot” from the soundtrack of the movie “First Kight” and “The Pines of the Appian Way” by Ottorino Respighi.
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