Marching Season Review

Jasmine Hernandez

Emma Hoffman, Staff Writer

On November 4, the Creekview team competed against Newman Smith. This was at the last football game of the season, and also marked the end of the Mustang Band’s marching season.

From July to November, the Creekview band worked tirelessly to perfect their marching show. Over the summer, members practiced 7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m five days a week. When school started, they practiced a total of eight hours a week outside of school. They performed in every football game, along with four competitions.

The band had three songs they learned this season, for a “Día de los Muertos” theme, or “Day of the Dead.” The songs were “La Fiesta Mexicana” by Owen Reed, “The Green Hornet” by Billy Mays, and “Estancia” by Alberto Ginastera.

“Everyone in the band has worked extremely hard this year,” junior drum major Kit Hawkins said. “The band performed really well this year as in previous years, especially since last year our music and drill level got much more difficult. Everybody met that challenge.”

As one of four drum majors, Hawkins helped lead and direct the band throughout the season. He had one of the most time-consuming jobs in band, but said when the band competed, it all felt worth it. He added that he was especially proud when the band got ones at UIL, the highest score achievable, and first in their division at the U.S. Bands competition, and 6th overall.

Junior Meg Hawkins also had a very important role, performing a flute solo in their show.

“It was very scary at first, but when you have lots of people cheering you on, you know it’s good,” said Hawkins.

It was a successful, exhausting season for the band, also contributed to by color guard. The guard attended each practice, and performed with the band, too.

First year guard member Elizabeth Nasworthy said, “Guard felt like it was my new family. We all did great, and it was fun.”

Nasworthy and the rest guard definitely had reason to feel proud this season. Despite their smaller than average group size, they received 7th overall out of 20+ bands at the Tournament of Champions on October 8.

“It’s really great to know you’re part of something big like band to make a show. In band we grow stronger because of it, like a family,” Kit Hawkins said.

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