Fresh start to marching season

School started mid-August for most students, but for the Ada High band, work started on July 27th. In the span of two weeks, they worked for 4-8 hours both inside and outside, spending time on learning the show music, reviewing marching fundamentals, and setting drill on the field.

Reviewing fundamentals.
Angelle Nazareno
The Ada High marching band reviews fundamentals during practice.

With school back in session, however, they have cut back on their practice time and now begin at 7:30 every morning, practicing for roughly an hour. They also have evening sessions on Tuesdays, lasting from 6:30 until 8:30. This has been their schedule for several years.

Marching in unison.
Angelle Nazareno
The Ada High marching band works to march in unison.

Including the Color Guard, a whopping 137 band students march on the field, mainly directed by Eric Hall.

The band will be marching at the Ardmore football game on Friday, September 4th. Their marching season lasts until around the time football season ends, and contests are done in between football game schedules.

Last year, some of the band’s achievements included first place in their class at Tishomingo, superior ratings at regional contest, and third place in class 4A at OBA.

“This is the best group that I have ever had,” Hall says. “I’ve taught for ten years, and this is by far the best group I’ve ever had by a long, long, long ways.”

Color Guard up front.
Angelle Nazareno
Ada High Color Guard twirl on front the line.