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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

ARVBands Feature Hackett at Mansfield

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On August 29th, we kicked off our 3rd year of our Friday Night Feature series, at Mansfield covering the Mansfield Tiger Band and the Hackett Hornet Band.

It was a night of many firsts. For us, it was our first time traveling to Mansfield and for the Mansfield Band, it was their first performance under new direction.

Michael Parker is the new director at Mansfield. He comes to Mansfield with experience directing bands at Heavener, Oklahoma and Foreman, Arkansas.

He is excited for the Mansfield Band and what this year is going to bring. However, change is tough for a program but Parker hopes to overcome those challenges and continue the excellence of the Mansfield Band program. 

After spending the first quarter on the home side, we made our way over to the visitor side to catch up with the Hackett Hornet Band.

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Hackett Hornets Marching Band

When asked how the band has been doing since we last spoke, band director, Lucas Davis said that progress has been good and that they have their opener on the field. After a few stand tunes, the band began to mentally prepare for their performance. 

As halftime approached, the bands made their way to the field. Up first was the Hackett Band. Their 2019 show is titled, “The Greatest Showman. They performed “This Is Me” which featured a flugelhorn solo.

The Mansfield Band was next to take the field. The band performed the opener for their 2019 show titled “A Tribute to Westerns.” 

Mansfield and Hackett had great sound for the first week of the marching season. They are both on their way to a great season.

I look forward to seeing the progress each band makes this year. The next performance for the Mansfield Band will be September 6th at Waldron. The Hackett Band will perform next week at their home opener September 6th. 

Our Week 2 Friday Night Feature will be the Waldron Bulldog Band and the Mansfield Tiger Band on September 6th in Waldron.

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