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2019 Marching Band Season Preview


In just a week, marching season will step off for 16 area high school bands. Area band programs have been preparing since the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Over the summer, students have attended band camps, practiced their instruments at home, and work on their show at summer practices. As we look forward to the coming season, here is a quick preview of what each band has been working on and is preparing for the season.


This year the Cedarville High School Pirate Band plans to continue their excellence. Last year they earned a 2nd Division rating at the Region IIIV Marching Assessment and 2nd Division Rating at Charleston Marching Contest. I do not know much about what the Cedarville Band has planned for this year’s marching show but I know it will be great.  Catch the Cedarville Band’s first performance on August 30th at JC Westside. Their first home performance will be September 6th.


The Charleston Band is setting up for another great marching season. This summer their color guard attended the Frontlines Camp at Williams Baptist Walnut Ridge where new and veteran members learned new skills. Members of the band also attended the Arkansas Tech Band Camp in July. I was invited to attend one of their summer practices and I could tell the band was off to a great start. Director Jessica Holt has a great group of students this year. This year’s show will be exciting to watch and hear. The Charleston Band will be debuting their show on August 30th at home.


After a strong year and placing 2nd in 2A State, the Hackett Band is in a rebuilding stage. But do not let that fool you, they will still perform a quality show this season. While at their summer rehearsal, I got to see how hard the band works each night. They practice their music first and then head outside for marching fundamentals and some PT. They may be small with a total of 19 members and young with 9 freshmen and no seniors, but do not count out the Hackett Band this year. They are working hard to prove that this year is more than just a rebuilding year. The Hackett Band will be debuting their show on August 29th at Mansfield. Their first home show of the season will be September 6th.


The Lavaca Band has been hard at work this summer. Students started practice at 8 am with marching fundamentals. It takes dedication to wake up early during summer break to attend practice. I was able to attend one of their practices and they all had smiles on their faces with positive attitudes. They are ready to rock marching season this year. You just might want to bring your cowbell with you for this show. You can catch the first performance of the Lavaca Band on August 30th at home.


Last year the Magazine Band brought to use a show about a little shop with some unforgettable plants. I personally like the monster plant, which I got to meet at the Lavaca game. I do not know what the Magazine band has planned for this season but you can look forward to another great show. The first performance of Magazine’s show will be August 30th at home.


The Mansfield Band recently went through some transitions and now have a new Band Director. Michael Parker will be directing the band this year. I personally am excited to see what is to come from the Mansfield Band this year. Since under a new director, I do not know what he has planned for this year’s marching show but I know it will be great. You can catch the Mansfield Band’s show premiere on August 29th at home.


The Mountainburg Band is ready for another great season. During this summer their Color Guard and Drum Majors were able to attend the Grizzly Color Guard and Drum Major Camp. While at their summer rehearsal, the band uses some of those skills to work on technique and fundamentals with the whole band. Students are very excited for this year’s marching season and what all it has in store. The Mountainburg Band will kick off their season on August 30th at Lavaca. Their first home game will be on September 24th.


This year I am excited to add the Waldron Band into our coverage. Last year I heard the band at the Charleston Marching Contest, the band sounded great and plans to continue it. I do not know much about what the Waldron Band has planned for this year’s marching show but I look forward to meeting the students and staff down in Waldron. They will start their season on September 6th at home.

ARVBands 2019 Friday Night Feature Schedule

Home Away
Week 1(Aug. 29) Mansfield Hackett
Week 1 (Aug. 30) Lavaca Mountainburg
Week 2 (Sept. 6) Waldron Mansfield
Week 3 (Sept. 13) Northside Van Buren
Week 4 (Sept. 20) Ozark Charleston
Week 5 (Sept. 27) Booneville Paris
Week 6 (Oct. 4) Greenwood El Dorado
Week 7 (Oct. 11) Southside North Little Rock
Week 8 (Oct. 18) Magazine Lavaca
Week 9 (Oct. 25) Cedarville Greenland
Week 10 (Nov. 1) Alma Greenbrier
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