McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Breaking News

Local News

October 29, 2013

Pride of McAlester band finishes fall season

(Continued)

McALESTER —

“I’m really proud of these seniors,” Steidley said.

“Over the last four years, they’ve been in the top three at OBA.”

Steidley credited the band’s success this fall in part to McAlester’s color guard. Though the guard won’t compete separately until the winter, Steidley said the group provided an essential visual component to the band’s performance.

“Our marching contests that we go to, the guard is incorporated into the visual scores that we get,” Price said.

“At like OBA, how well the music and visual works together, that’s called the ‘general effect’ category, and that’s actually about 60 percent of our score.”

Having previously been in charge of the band’s visuals, Price said he’s very aware of the importance of the color guard. The OBA Championships wrapped up Price’s first season as marching band director.

“He did a super job,” Steidley of Price. “His first year as the head of the marching band, I was really proud of him.”

“The biggest thing I’ve learned so far is working on basic dance in the show,” Price said. “You know, ballet, because a lot of that is really being incorporated now in the show — stuff that I don’t even know how to pronounce.”

Steidley said the Pride of McAlester will continue to perform at McAlester football games, of which at least three remain. The band will also begin transitioning to the concert band winter season, which will include Christmas performances by the middle school, junior high and high school bands.

“We also have coming up in a couple of weeks individual students auditioning for All-District and All-State band,” Steidley said. “Seventh through 12th (grade), we have a little over 200 students that are auditioning for those.”

Concert and sight-reading competitions will take place in April. Superior ratings then would mean another State Sweepstakes for one of the best music programs in southeastern Oklahoma.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid
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.