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The 411: Youth

Poth marching season ends

Poth marching season ends
Members of the brass section along with the Color Guard give it their all during the area marching competition.

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November 13, 2013
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By Alyson Garza

On Oct. 26, the Poth High School Mighty Pirate Band competed at the area marching competition. The members woke up bright and early hoping to do well at this year’s competition. The ride to East Central was quiet, and each band member had different thoughts going through their minds.

Senior trumpet soloist Mateo Coronado said he was thinking about “state and how hard we need to work [today] to get there.” Junior and Color Guard captain Lacie Weilbacher said, “[I am] just hoping that my Color Guard performs to the best of their abilities like I know they can and smile really big.” Freshman flute soloist Daniel Soto said, “I’m hungry, and we’re going to do fantastic no matter what.”

Unfortunately, the band did not advance to area finals. They placed 15th out of 20 bands. The top 10 bands advanced to area finals. Although the group did not advance, the band had an exceptionally good year.

“We did one of our best shows [on Saturday], but not good enough. Nothing big was really wrong. The band just had a couple of small errors that built up,” said senior snare drummer Jeremiah Olivo.

Since the band has a chance to advance to state every other year, this was the last chance for the juniors and seniors. However, sophomores and grades below have more chances in the following years. The disappointment of this year could either make a positive impact on these kids or negative.

“I’m hoping that the disappointment won’t discourage the eighth-graders and freshmen,” said baritone player and uniform officer Allee Bertrand. “I hope it pushes them to reach the goal of state. The sky is the limit; keep trying even after us juniors and seniors are gone.”

Band is a complicated organization. It is, by far, the biggest group in Poth ISD. Many felt a lot of support from the town and the school. The cheerleaders made signs to show their support, and the band parents put signs on the highway. The band hears from Mr. V that we are a dysfunctional family. In many ways this is true. “The band is definitely like a family. Sure we fight and there’s drama, but we are there for each other. The older kids are like siblings to the other kids,” said junior Color Guard member Bria Lyssy.

“I love how we are called that because that is exactly what we are,” said Bertrand. “I like to think of the younger band members as my little brothers and sisters.”

“[It’s like] we have two dads, one mom, and a bunch of different brothers and sisters!” said junior Color Guard member Jessie Montez.

The word family is very important in the band. You don’t have to like each other, but you have to be able to tolerate and get along with each other. Freshman Gavin Biela said, “We all have close ties of friendship with each other. I believe these ties keep us determined to work together to make the band perform to the best of our ability.”

Since the band received straight 1’s at region, they now have a chance to receive sweepstakes. To accomplish this, the band must receive overall 1’s in the concert and sight-reading competition.

Alyson Garza is a junior at Poth High School. The Junior Journalist is a member of the Color Guard and Poth Pirate Band; she participates in UIL journalism. The daughter of Jimmy and Rosa Garza hopes to study to be a registered nurse and would like to travel with missionaries to other countries.

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