Green Forest band heads to LR

Friday, November 1, 2019
The Green Forest High School band will compete for state honors on Monday, Nov. 4, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Haley Schichtl / Carroll County News

By Haley Schichtl

The Green Forest band went to all-regionals Tuesday, Oct. 22 and will get to compete in all-state at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Monday, Nov. 4.

“We’ll get to see all the bands of our classification, and at the end they’ll tell us if we placed in the top,” band director Sarah Taylor said. “If they place in the top three, there’s a trophy, and if you get first in the state the whole ensemble will be eligible for state ranks. And you get to say that you were a state champ.”

The relatively small band, with 59 members, also attended the War Eagle Marching Contest in Rogers on Saturday, Oct. 12, where they won top in class on all the awards, Taylor said. The band started practicing music in July, but they weren’t able to begin practicing the drill until after school started.

“Usually we start learning our drill but our drill didn’t come in on time this year,” Taylor said. “So they’ve had to work twice as hard, so I’m super proud of them.”

“Getting it late just meant that we had to practice a lot more, and every minute of practice was a lot more important,” senior trombone player Mason Dunham-McCreary said. “Because competitions don’t move just because you get your drill late.”

Dunham-McCreary said he enjoys the team aspect of the band.

“You’re not doing anything for yourself, really,” he said. “If not everyone works, it will get messed up.”

Senior keyboard player Israel Madina also said he likes that everyone has to work together to make it work.

“Band, to me, feels like a family. We have to work hard and work as one,” Madina said. “I see winning as us working really hard together and being able to reach goals that we may not be able to reach without each other.”

Madina said playing percussion means having an extra weekly practice separate from the rest of the band.

“We have a lot more to work with,” Madina said. “It’s different working with the full band and working ourselves, to stay in key with each other.”

Senior Isabel Cenobio is the color guard captain, which is a lot of responsibility. They also have an extra weekly practice.

“I have to learn the whole routine by myself or with my co-captain,” Cenobio said. “We have to make sure that everybody’s got their stuff, that they know it. … A lot of these girls are completely new; we have seven new girls and a boy that’ve never touched a flag before.”

There are several different aspects to being in the color guard, Cenobio said.

“There’s the pole, we just had a few of our members learn how to use a rifle, then there’s also things like a saber, ribbons, different equipment, and we’ve been learning new ones this year,” Cenobio said.

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