COAHOMA - Monday evening was a day of celebration for Coahoma High School Band members after they earned a Division I at UIL Region 6 Marching Contest held at Wylie High School Stadium in Abilene.
Tuesday, however, the band was back to business on the field fine tuning its 2017 marching contest show to prepare for Area competition this Saturday in Amarillo and a bid at something that’s been elusive for the Coahoma band program - a slot at State.
“I think they did well today (Monday), but we have a lot of work to do for this Saturday, and I think they are eager to get to it,” said Head Band Director John Landin, who under his leadership for the past five years, the band has qualified for area marching contest twice and earned three sweepstakes awards.
In 2015, the last state marching contest qualifying year for Division 3A schools, the Coahoma band just missed a state slot by placing fourth at Area Contest finals.
“We are going to work really hard all week to get ready,” said senior Drum Major Hope Ramirez.
Overall, both Drum Majors for the Big Red Band said their were pleased with Monday’s performance.
“I think we did pretty well from my perspective,” Ramirez said. “We hit the visual we just barely added in a week ago. We hit it pretty well.”
“It was a bit of challenge for us because it’s a lot more wide open stadium, so our sound was a lot smaller, but we still managed to make it travel enough for the judges to enjoy it,” senior Drum Major Tyler McFall added.
McFall, who placed fifth chair in the trumpet section for the 2017 ATSSB All State Band, is one of two featured soloists. CHS junior Andrea King plays a flute solo.
This year’s show theme is a Grimm Tale featuring the following musical pieces by composer Luke McMillan: “Grimm's Theme”, “Red Riding Hood's Theme”, “The Chase”, and “Grimm's Theme Reprise”. The Color Guard Choreography is by Zach McKennon and dance choreography is by Stevi McKinnon. The show centers on the Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood.
Assistant band directors for the program are Jessica Fox and Kira Landin.
The CHS band will compete in Area semi-finals at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in Dick Bivins Stadium Stadium in Amarillo. Finals is expected to begin at 7 p.m.