GHS Marching Band playing

Georgetown High School competes at state level

Justin Smith, director of Georgetown High School’s band, couldn’t contain his excitement as the Georgetown Eagle Band marched at the UIL State Marching Band Championships for the first time in 17 years. During the performance he ran along the sidelines, jumping up and down screaming, “Yes!” as his students successfully and precisely executed each part of their performance.

Under the leadership of drum majors Kaitlyn Norwood, Kyra Sharpe, Kathrine Massey, and Erin Lindsey and colorguard captain Adriana Luna, the Eagle Band and Colorguard put in more 160 hours of practice time on their show titled “unXpected.” While some students enjoyed the end of their summer vacation in the air conditioning, the band and colorguard were out in the heat doing drills and learning new choreography. Since school started, they have stayed after school three nights a week perfecting their performance.

“unXpected” is the brainchild of colorguard director Rick Scruggs. His first plan for the 2017 marching season fell through, and he had only a little time to come up with a new one to match the music chosen by the other directors. He thought, “Why don’t we just call it ‘unXpected’ and make moments that the audience or judges don’t see coming?”

GHS Band playing in formation

Those moments include a band member performing flips, another twirling a guard member’s flag, and an entire section sitting down as they play their instruments.

In a breathtaking move, the colorguard members, arranged in a row, twirled their rifles one-handed and then, one by one, tossed them into the air. At the front of the row, senior Nina Pope sent her flag flying 20 feet in the air as it completed seven full rotations. She caught it flawlessly as it plummeted and never stopped smiling from ear to ear.

She wasn’t the only one smiling at the Alamodome in November. A crowd of proud parents dressed in neon pinks and greens and calling themselves “the highlighter section” sat in the front rows on the 50-yard line, waving pompoms and cheering for their kids.

The Georgetown Eagle Band placed 21st in the state out of 250 Class 5A Marching Bands.

Reflecting on their accomplishment, Mr. Smith says, “What has made me proudest is that the students, staff, and parents of the Eagle Band have represented our community with pride, commitment, and excellence all season. There is nothing finer than achieving success the right way.”

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