(photo courtesy Ellen Meadows)
Director Brian Pearson noted that at the region assessment, bands perform for judges' ratings and may only earn one award at the competition; in comparison, at invitational band contests many trophies are presented. Bands work toward earning the first division, or superior, rating at the region assessment, which was hosted by Paragould High School on Oct 22.
The Marching Mohawks also competed at several invitational marching contests throughout the area during the fall under the field command of drum major Emily Midkiff. The band began preparing the "Dreams of Persia" show in the summer and performed at Mohawk football games and pep rallies. October was a busy month for the band with four different competitions. The band's hard work paid off with numerous trophies honoring the band, the drum major, the color guard, the majorette, the drum line and soloists.
The band's first competition was the Mid-South Classic at Jonesboro High School on Oct. 6. The band earned these trophies for that contest: superior band, second place band in Class AA, second place band in the Black Division and fifth place overall out of 15 bands.
The band added to its award total at the Redskin Classic in Pocahontas on Oct. 13. The following awards were presented to the Marching Mohawks: superior-rated band, superior-rated drum major, superior-rated color guard, second place band in Class AA, second place color guard in Class AA, first place drum line in Class AA, first place drum major in Class AA and fifth place band overall out of 16 bands.
The Marching Mohawks took home more trophies from the Forrest City Invitational on Oct. 20. The band was named first place band in Class C in that contest, receiving the following awards as well: superior-rated drum major, superior-rated color guard, superior-rated majorette, superior-rated drum line, superior-rated band and outstanding soloists in Class C.
Closing out the season with the superior rating at the region assessment set the stage for concert band season. The band's holiday concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in the PHS Middle Gym. Both senior high and junior high bands will perform holiday songs for the public and admission is free. The next event on the band's calendar is the annual Supper with Santa event, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Piggott Community Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Swingin' Mohawks jazz band will perform for the crowd while chili and desserts are served. Santa Claus photographs will be taken for $3 and a silent auction is planned with items from various businesses, industries and community members. Tickets for the Supper with Santa are available from any band member in the Piggott School District and are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children five years old and younger will be admitted free. Tickets also may be purchased at the holiday concert on Tuesday.