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Chris Brannan leads the award-winning high school band.

Chris Brannan leads the award-winning high school band.

Tristan Mosher

Tristan Mosher

Chris Brannan leads the award-winning high school band.

Anthony Tresca, staff writer

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Be the best band you can be.”

-Chris Brannan

Words aren’t normally important in marching band, but Brannan’s words have had a monumental impact on the band program.
“[The marching contest] is a great way to showcase the band students we have here at Mineola and all the time and hard work [the students] have put into the show,” Brannan said.

This is the band’s first contest of the season, and the band has been hard at work on their show since late July. Brannan has reasonable expectations for the contest.

“All I can ask of the band is that they are the best band they can be on October 3, 2015,” Brannan said.

It’s normal for most bands to feel nervous before their first marching contest, but Brannan is very confident how the band will perform.

“I’m not nervous about the contest because we are prepared and going to do well,” Brannan said.

Brannan has successfully led marching bands across Texas to the state marching contest 5 times, winning state 3 times. So when he says he knows what the judges are looking for, you can take his word for it.

“5 judges evaluate the band in several different areas, such as percussion, woodwinds, brass, marching, and general effect. Then the band will receive ratings based on their performance,” Brannan said.

Crafting the perfect show isn’t an easy task, especially on a state year when the pressure is on to have a competitive show. Maybe that’s why Brannan and the other directors have been working on the show since January.

“This is a really important year for the band, and I really hope to see the band succeed this year. But us directors can only do so much, we’ve given [the student’s] a strong show, but now it’s up to them to take it to the next level,” Brannan said.

Most people will agree that knowing your weaknesses is just as important as knowing your strengths, and this is also true of Brannan and his band.

“Some of our band’s strengths this year is their show, it’s a really a strong show that shows off many of the bands strengths. We also have many great individual soloists, as well as an especially strong percussion section. Our weakness is some times the band, as a whole, struggles with tone quality, as well as balance between sections, and we have precision problems,” Brannan said.

This first marching contest is the band’s main focus as of right now, but their season is really just getting started. Brannan has bigger goals for the band’s future.

“After this contest we go to the next contest and make the show better, then we keep making it better and better,” Brannan said. “We can only hope that all of work will culminate into a us being the best band we can be at the area marching contest, and we see what happens from there. Our main goal is not to win awards, although that would be nice. It’s to be the best band we can be, period.”

 

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