BAND ON THE RUN: Unique marching show pays big dividends for Lion musicians

AUSTIN FREEMAN, Staff writer

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The KHS Roaring Lion Band’s show for this year is titled “In The Secret Garden” and is based on a childhood novel and movie. It is a combination of visual beauty and musical power and helped the band earn top honors at Wednesday’s UIL Marching Band Competition.

The band is under the direction of John Mize, James Polk, David Landry, Nicholas Alberts, and Danielle Roberts. It is working to be extremely competitive in contests and to be rated superior.

Mize said the overall goal for the marching band is to advance to area, which was reached on Wednesday. They then want to move to area finals, and finally be at the state marching competition for the second time in KHS history.

“To succeed we must work to be a well oiled machine,” Mize says every morning to the band. “We can’t let the band down the road steal our groceries.”

The Lions pit crew keeping add some rhythm.

The Lions pit crew keeping add some rhythm.

Besides fun and musical experience students in band gain useful skills used in life outside of school like creating habits of excellence, working together to reach a common goal, and developing a sense of responsibility and a thirst for success.

“I really like how committed everyone in the band is, all in or all out,” sophomore band member Enrique Galan said.

Most importantly, when someone joins the KHS band, they become part of one big band family.

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BAND ON THE RUN: Unique marching show pays big dividends for Lion musicians