McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local News

October 29, 2013

Pride of McAlester band finishes fall season

McALESTER — The Pride of McAlester Marching Band finished its competitive fall season Saturday at the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Marching Championships at Mustang High School. McAlester placed third overall and second in 5A.

The competition came just three days after the OSSAA Eastern Regional in Broken Arrow, where McAlester received a top rating of “I.”

The performance at Regionals kept alive the band’s hopes of its 18th State Sweepstakes title, which requires superior ratings in marching, concert performance and sight-reading.

“That’s always our ultimate goal,” McAlester band director David Steidley said of the Sweepstakes.

“The OSSAA looks at not just marching, but they also look at how the students are being taught music, if they can sight-read, and also their performance in concert and marching band.”

While OSSAA competition uses a rating system in which multiple bands can earn top marks, the OBA competition uses a points-based system with judges. Because of that,  marching band Director Mark Price said, little mistakes can prove more costly at OBA competitions.

“Every single judge is different, and their opinion of what is good is different,” Price said.

“The rubric is a little more in-depth for the OBA style, because it’s a points-based system, whereas the ratings system is a little more vague.”

Steidley said the Pride of McAlester faced different environmental conditions at Regionals and the OBA Championships. Whereas the band performed in bright sunshine on Oct. 23, it played in the rain Saturday, cutting off the electronics amplifying the band’s soloists.

“All of the woodwind instruments rely on pads, and pads are not very weather-friendly,” Price said.

Of course, all 27 Class 4A and 5A bands at the Championships had to deal with these conditions. And though both Price and Steidley said they were pleased with their band’s performance, 5A-winner Coweta and overall winner Piedmont just performed a little cleaner, leading to higher scores.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
NDN Video
Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down Rise of the Milkbots TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Keflezighi, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon Teen hitchhikes in wheel well of flight from California to Hawaii Lindsay Lohan's Jaw-Dropping Secret President Sends Message To Boston And Marathon Runners LA Pastor Attracts Churchgoers with Pot Lauren Stoner Shows Off Her Incredible Bikini Body
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.