As They Head to State, Closer Look at the Marching Band

Faith Stapleton, Photography Editor

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With the band headed to San Antonio to compete for their fifth consecutive state championship, here is a closer look at all of the different elements that go into their performances:

©The Talon News | Faith Stapleton Junior Ashlyn Bush, Sophomore Jacy Haynes, and Sophomore Claire Burkett march with determination across the field at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas on October 29, 2016.

There are many factors that come into play when forming an outstanding marching band. Every member is vital to the show, putting in many hours to learn their choreography and music. Since August, Argyle’s band has put all they have into their show in an effort to win state this year for the fifth time and keep their legacy alive.

©The Talon News | Faith Stapleton Lizzie Dagg practices her flute at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas on November 3, 2016.

Along with the intense marching routine, there is another element to the show that band members have to perfect and know by heart: their music. Having multiple sectionals and practices dedicated to each group of instruments, band members show time and time again that they are dedicated to their organization and prove just how much they are willing to do to win.

©The Talon News | Faith Stapleton Emerson conducts the Argyle High School Marching Band at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas on October 29, 2016.

In her second year as drum major, Senior Haley Emerson has taken a major role in the leadership of the band. From calling sectionals to help everyone build up their music expertise to helping freshman learn their choreography, Emerson has proven her capability as a leader for one of the top bands in the state. Her guidance has played a key role in helping the band prepare for the state competition this year and hopefully win once more.

©The Talon News | Faith Stapleton Haylee Whitworth passionately plays her marimba during the band’s performance at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas on October 29, 2016.

Percussion provides the marching band a rhythm to help them stay on tempo during the show. Keeping the band in time is essential to their performance, and without the help of percussion, the rest of the players could fall out of beat.

©The Talon News | Faith Stapleton Mills smiles as she twirls around with her flag at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas on October 29, 2016.

We should’t forget the vibrant color guard. Sophomore Madi Mills is in her second year of guard and loves to twirl and dance alongside the band as they march. Mills and the rest of the color guard team are the storytellers behind the band’s music and help add color to the performance.

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