The Guthrie High School Marching Band competed at OSSAA Regional Marching competition on Oct. 23, 2018 at Yukon High School, where they received a Superior rating.
GHS also competed at the statewide Oklahoma Band Association Marching Contest, placing 5th in the state for 5A and landing 6th place overall in the finals competition.
The GHS performance titled, “Wired,” featured a technology theme and music by Aaron Hines and Gary Gilroy.
“The show had to do about being wired into our lives with technology,” Blackburn said.
With sound effects and spectacular drill design, the band portrayed different movements - each with their own title: Power Grid, The Grid, Alternate Reality, and Virus.
Colorguard members enhanced the show visually with both their flag/rifle work, and flag design.
The GHS marching band started preparing for the exhibition in early August, rehearsing five mornings a week with an extra evening rehearsal on Thursdays. Blackburn said the student performers showed plenty of spirit during those grueling hours of marching outside in the sun.
“I am super proud of all of our students,” director Rob Blackburn said. “They put in a lot of hard work each and every day. It is great to be so blessed by these students and this community.”
Blackburn also took several 7th-12th graders to NCDA All-Region/First Round All-State Honor Band Auditions at Owasso High School. Several students made the Honor Band and passed on to 2nd round All-State to be held December 1st at Westmoore High School.
The following students made Honor Band: Jet Robbins, 7th grade; Aeryn Shields, 8th grade; Carmyn Wellden, Sydney Davidson,Taelor Martin, 9th graders; Olivia Morgan, Arrowanna Taylor, Tanner Dollar, Hayden Hirzel, Wyatt Sarasua and Connor Blackburn, 10th-12th graders.
Heading to the second round of All-State competition are: Connor Blackburn, Tanner Dollar, Hayden Hirzel, Robert Paddack, Andrew Rowley, Arrowanna Taylor, Jordan Mack, Olivia Morgan, and Wyatt Sarasua.