Judge Kevin Taylor
Fundamental Technique - "Outstanding."
Musical Effects - "Excellent"
"It was a joy to hear you tonight. It was exceptional. Congratulations on all your hard work."
March - "Excellent style"
Ouachita - "Great solist"
Havendance - "Wonderful."
Judge Erica Hann
...From the Comment Sheets...
Fundamental Technique - "Great Tuning in upper woodwinds."
Musical Effects - "On the middle tune, sometimes more volume on [forte]."
" I enjoyed it! Wow! Very musical performance."
Judge Ken Lewis
Fundamental Technique - "All done well...Very nice. Great tone quality
Musical Effects - "Beautiful choirs. The Julie Giroux-West piece tore my heart out - wonderful style, phrasing, and nuance. A beautiful, mature sounding band. A joy to hear!"
March - "Great style. Nice [articulation]. Great dynamic differences. Enjoyed it."
Ouachita - "Nice blend and balance. Great soloists."
Zach Gibson- 9th Chair Flute
Adam Baxter- 1st Chair Oboe
Drew Daniels- 7th Chair Clarinet
Jared Harrison- 26th Chair Clarinet
Parker Odom- 3rd Chair Bass Clarinet
Nathan McMinn- 3rd Chair Tenor Saxophone
Shiloh Bruner- 2nd Chair Baritone Saxophone
Carson Woodard- 9th Chair Trombone
Breanna Condon- 1st Chair Baritone
Bri Gibson- 10th Chair Percussion
Nikkolette Perkins- 2nd Chair Oboe
Ethan Scurlock- 4th Chair Alto Saxophone
Olivia Langner- 2nd Chair French Horn
Zach Proctor- 3rd Chair Trumpet
Tyler Weaver- 1st Alternate Bass Clarinet
Cynthia Hearring- 4th Alternate Percussion
Adam Baxter - Wind Ensemble 2nd Chair Oboe
Ethan Scurlock - Symphonic Band 1st Chair Baritone sax
Dylan Lane - Concert Band 25th Chair Clarinet
Adam Baxter - Chamber Orchestra 2nd Chair Oboe
Haley Ratley (band Student) - Second Soprano, 37th chair
Adam Baxter - 1st Oboe*
Dylan Lane - 3rd Clarinet*
Dylan Wallis - 18th Clarinet**
Zach Proctor - 13th Trumpet**
Olivia Langner - 5th Horn*
Tyler Weaver - 2nd Bass Clarinet
Nikkolette Perkins - 3rd Oboe
Drew Daniels - 4th Clarinet
Jared Harrison - 15th Clarinet
Ethan Scurlock - 1st Baritone Sax*
Breanna Condon - 1st Euphonium**
Carson Woodard - 1st Bass Trombone**
Bri Gibson - 9th Percussion
Clinic is January 20-21 at Arkansas State University. Link to Schedule is above.
** All-State Audition Alternate
All-State Auditions - February 4, 2017 (overnight 2/3-4)
Ethan Scurlock - Baritone Sax
(Qualified for All-State auditions)
Zach Proctor - Trumpet
Carson Woodard - Bass Trombone
Clinic is January 6-7 at Jonesboro High School
All State Auditions - February 3, 2017 (overnight 2/3-4)
Matt Luster - 3rd Alto Sax
Carlie Glass - 7th Trombone
Connor Woodard - 9th Trombone
Drew Walker - 1st Euphonium
Lakota Noles - 1st Tuba
Halie Noell - 8th Tuba
Caleb Foster - Trombone
Clinic is January 20-21 at Arkansas State Univeristy. Schedule is linked above.
Brookland Band Earns FIRST EVER SUPERIOR RATING at Region Marching Assessment at Paragould High School on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. This was only the 2nd time they have been to assessment, having earned an Excellent last year.
While we were hoping for a Superior Rating at our first ever marching contest, THE ROAR performed very well and set high marks for future members of the band.
The band earned an over-all score of 77.5, which is on the high end of a Second Division (Excellent). Two of the six judges - Chris Tate (80/100) one of two judges scoring marching and Marcy Wells (80/100) one of two judges scoring Overall Efffect - rated us at a SUPERIOR level in their respective categories, but the other four (Steve Warner (77.4/100) and Karen Dismuke (76/100), music; Danny Davis (73/100), marching; and Leigh Boyce (78.4/100), Overall Effect) called us at Division Two.
We were estastatic to learn that our PERCUSSION SECTION won our Division. They were beaming with pride as they heard BROOKLAND called over the Red Wolf PA system and the band went a little crazy in excitement and congratulations. Members of the line are section leader and lead snare. Leo Montgomery; Snare, Cynthia Hearring; Tenor Drums, Bri Gibson; Bass Drummers Cole Baldridge, Isaac Rodriguez, Jacob Gore and Jared Harrison (Bass Drum section captain); and cymbalist, Ella Miller.
Here is the breakdown of the final results for Brookland:
Division AA1 (4 bands)
Class AA (12 bands)
Overall (24 bands)
As you can see, the students fared very well in the competition. We were the only band at the event that had never competed before in a marching competition and we have set a high bar for our future growth.
It should be noted that "Overall Effect" refers to a measure of music selection and performance, marching intricacy and its relation to the music, show design and execution, and entertainment.
Way to go guys. NOW ONWARD TO AN OUTSTANDING CONCERT SEASON!
Snare: Leo Montgomery*
Snare: Cynthia Hearring
Tenor: Brianna Gibson
Pit: Ella Miller
Bass Drum 1: Cole Baldridge
Bass Drum 2: Isaac Rodriguez
Bass Drum 3: Jacob Gore
Bass Drum 4: Jared Harrison
Drum Major: Olivia Langner
Woodwind Section Leaders:
- Flute Section Lieutenant: Hailey Ratley
- Clarinet Section Lieutenant: Dylan Lane
--- Clarinet Section 2nd Lt: Dylan Wallis
- Alto Line Lieutenant: Ethan Scurlock
Percussion Section Leader: Leo Montgomery
Brass Section Leader: Zach Proctor
- Soprano Leader: Zach Proctor
- Tenor-Bass Lieutenant: Nathan Lamb
NOTE: Soprano = Trumpet 1-2; Alto = Mellophone, Alto Sax; Tenor = Trombone; Bass = Baritone, Tuba
President: Olivia Langner
Vice-President: Zach Proctor
Secretary/Historian: Haley Ratley
Senior Rep: Dylan Lane
Senior Rep: Nathan McMinn
Senior Rep: Leo Montgomery
Sophomore Rep: Nikkolette Perkins
Sophomore Rep: Nathan Lamb
Sophomore Rep: James Harrison
Sophomore Rep: Brianna Gibson
Junior Rep: Winter Hicks
Junior Rep: Taylor Mosbey
Junior Rep: Adam Baxter
Freshman Rep: Matt Luster
Freshman Rep: Carlie Glass
Freshman Rep: Isaac Rodriguez
Freshman Rep: Connor Woodard
Most Awards for the Bearcat Band are awards that any student can earn if they seek to earn them. The Bearcat Band Award system is based on earning merits. On this page, you can find links to how to earn merits for each award at each grade level.
There are three levels of awards that Bearcat Band students can earn based on merits.
The Musicianship Award - This award consists of a certificate. It can be earned by meeting minimal expectaions for members of the Bearcat Band.
TheMusical Achievement Award - This student earns the Musicianship Award certificate, a Musical Achievement certificate and a pin. This award can be earned by every student who earns above minimal expectations and maybe does a little bit more, like attending concerts for other musical groups, writing papers, buying CD's, etc.
The Musical Excellence Award - This award consists of everything the Musical Achievement Award recieves, plus the Musical Excellence plaque. This is for those students who reach for the highest expectations and pushes beyond the scope of the classroom.
The Outstanding (Woodwind, Brass, Percussion) Award - This plaque is given to 7th and 8th grade students and usually only given to one student in that section of the band. It is based on several considerations, including lines and scales passed, merits, demonstration of Musical Leadership; etc. Students must have been in the Brookland Band all year to earn this award.
The Director's Award - This award is a nationally recognized award and goes to a Junior Band student who has shown leadership over the course of their 7th and 8th grade band years. Average Merits for 7th and 8th grade years account for 1/2, and Average band grade for 7th and 8th grade years counts for 1/2. The tie breaker will be grade in 8th grade, then merits 8th grade, then grade in 7th grade. Students must have earned the Musical Achievement Award or higher in either the junior and senior year.
The Outstanding Marcher Award - This certificate will be given to one student in each class (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th) as voted on by the students at the end of the marching season. Students are automatically disqualified if they have unexcused absences from any marching band rehearsal or performance.
The Brookland Academic Award - This award is given by the school and will be given to the student with the highest GPA in each class: Beginning Band, Junior Band, High School Band, Jazz Band and Music Theory.
The Special Service Award - There are several ways to earn this Certificate, including learning and performing on a new instrument that is necessary to the success of the band for the current year; being involved in another school activity, and, while they may not be able to be at all rehearsals, having perfect attendance to all band performances (including pep rallies); anything Mr. Hogard deems as going above and beyond the call of being in band.
The Esprit de Corps Award - is a pin given to high school band students who are dedicated to band. While they may be involved in other activities, these students have perfect attendance to all band performance and rehearsals, no discipline issues in band class (including excessive tardies) or rehearsal, and are involved in at least one fund-raiser. These students must be enrolled in 5th period band class (no exceptions) and they must have fewer than 10 tardies throughout the school year.
The Outstanding (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior) Award - This plaque is given to one student in the named class. Selection for this award is based on a combination of merits (51%) and leadership points (49%) as voted on by the students. Students must have been in the Brookland Band all year to earn this award.
The AMRO Award - This medal is given to the two seniors with the most merits in their senior year and who have earned the Musicianship Award or higher in every grade they have been a member of the Bearcat High School Band. It will not be given to the winners of the John Phillip Sousa, Leadership, or Governor's Award winners.
The Governor's Award - This Medallion is recognized by the state and is not given every year. It will be calculated based on average grade in high school band and average merits in high school band. Ties will be broken by student leadership votes. To be eligible must have been in the High School band for at least the full Junior and Senior years to recieve this award and earn at least the Musical Achievement award their senior year.
The Student Leader Award - This award is given to a Senior as voted on by the students of the High School Band. It is based on the student vote, but students may not win this award and the John Philip Sousa Award. Students must have been in the Brookland Band all year to earn this award.
The John Philip Sousa Award - This award is a nationally recognized award and goes to a Senior who has shown leadership over the course of their Junior and Senior years. Student leadership votes count for 1/3 of this score, Average merits for their 11-12 grade years count for 1/3, and average band grade for the 11-12 grade years counts for 1/3. The tie breaker will be Senior grade, then Senior Merits, then Junior Grade. Students must have earned the Musical Achievement Award or higher in either the junior and senior year.
The Senior Plaque - This award is, in my estimation, the hardest to earn and the highest honor. It is given to all Seniors who graduate as members of the Brookland Bearcat Band. Students who drop and come back, must have served at least 1 full year as a member of any high school band prior to dropping. Students who start band at a later age must have attained a level that would allow them to perform with the high school band on the final concert.