Bowie, Nocona marching bands start rehearsals

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Alyssa Perry, member of the Mighty Marching Maroon, was one of the students having a uniform fitting on Monday and Tuesday. (Photo by Dani Blackburn)

Montague County’s two high school marching bands are hard at work already preparing for the upcoming season.

Bowie High School’s Mighty Marching Maroon began preparations under the new leadership of Director Kendel Hickenbottom. The Pride of the Tribe Nocona High School Band enters its second year under Director Patrick Flaniken.

This week Bowie students are undergoing uniform fittings and regular practice. On Aug. 4-5, students practice 3 to 5 p.m. inside and 6 to 8:30 p.m. outside.

The band will play at Meet the Rabbits at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Jackrabbit Stadium. Football, volleyball and cross country teams will be introduced along with the band.

From Aug. 9-12 and 15-19, band practice will be 3 to 5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Hickenbottom said he is excited to be leading the band and looks forward to the season. The show will be “Carmen.”

During the past two weeks, the Nocona band has conducted rookie camp and a leadership camp for band members. From Aug. 1-5, music rehearsal will be 2 to 4 p.m. with marching rehearsal from 6 to 8 p.m.

Flaniken said there will be no marching rehearsal on Aug. 11 due to “Fish Camp.”

Meet the Indians is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 at Jack Crain Stadium.

Rehearsals from Aug. 8 to 12 also will be 2 to 4 p.m. for music and 6 to 8 p.m. for marching.

This year’s halftime show for the Indians is “Jolly Roger: A Pirate’s Tale.” The music was composed by retired band director Barry Hurt, whose music has been featured in numerous performance at the University Interscholastic League State Marching Contest during the last several years.