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Get ready for a big year from the Malakoff band

August 27, 2014

By Joe Elerson, Athens Daily Review, Texas

Aug. 27--Parents and fans of Malakoff High School will see something much bigger this year.

The Malakoff High School band will have 86 students as a part of the marching band. They will also have new uniforms and a drill team.

Director Chad Bentley said it is a testament to the success of the marching band.

"When I first started here I think we only had around 35-to-36 members of the band," Bentley said. "The younger kids have seen the success of the older kids and now they want to be a part of it."

The award-winning pride of Malakoff High School Concert and Marching Band is a corps style band, which includes the usage of a color guard who spin flags, rifles, sabres, and may also incorporate dance into their routines.

Other visual elements unique to the corps style are the usage of props, backdrops, and even costuming -- with the purpose of adding more theatrical elements to the show.

Bentley said the band has followed this style for as long as he can remember.

Last year, the Tigers band, which competed in Class 2A competition brought home perfect first-division scores from all three judges in the Region 3 contest, held at Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.

He said one of the goals for the band this year is to win a big competition.

"We would like to compete again in the marching competition with another successful season," Bentley said. "We would also like to win a bigger competition which is a goal we will work for this year."

He said the purchase of the new band uniforms was made with the approval of the school board.

He said it took some time to find the right designers and pattern for the new look of the uniforms.

"The new band uniforms look sharp for our students," Bentley said. "It was a process to get them designed but we are very happy with them."

He said the band will be loud and proud Friday night as they travel to Mildred for the first football game of the year.

"We will have all 86 members of the band ready to perform Friday night," Bentley said. "It should be a fun year just seeing how energetic the kids have been this summer."


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