MOLLIE S. WATERS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
The Greenville High School (GHS) Tiger “Pride” Marching Band will be participating in two band competitions on Saturday. They will travel to Rehobeth and Daleville for both city’s marching band competitions.
This year marks the second year in a row the GHS band will a part of these competitions.
Brett Johnson, GHS band director, said he is looking forward to taking his students to these events. He believes last year’s experiences at them will be a help in preparing for this year’s competitions.
“This year’s hopes and goals are similar to last year,” said Johnson. “We want the kids to have a positive experience and hopefully learn some valuable lessons along the way.”
Johnson said the show the band is performing this year is a Michael Jackson tribute, which marks a vast departure from last year’s show.
“With a popular music show like Michael Jackson, you definitely have got to be on your ‘A’ game,” said Johnson. “Everybody knows his music, especially the judges who will be evaluating those competitions.”
Saturday’s schedule will be a busy one.
“We will start our competition at Rehobeth around 12:30 p.m., then will hop on the bus and drive to Daleville for a performance at around 6:30 p.m.,” said Johnson. “We are super excited about both performances, but we’re really looking forward to Daleville because of the performance of the UAB marching band. Their band will feature one of our own recent alumni members, Jennifer Maciel on trumpet.”
Johnson said he hopes the band’s performances will garner at least as many superior ratings as they received last year, but it would be nice to have even more this time around.
In addition to the upcoming festivals, the band will be very busy in the coming weeks in preparation for other special events.
“There are a couple of things different that we’re doing this year like the addition of our first ever alumni band,” said Johnson. “Also, our military appreciation show is scheduled for September 30, and we will perform with the Eufaula band during that game.”