Hawk Band extends sweepstakes streak to 34
For the 34th consecutive year, Iowa Park High School’s Hawk Band has earned the coveted Sweepstakes Award.
The Hawk Band earned superior “I” ratings at the UIL Region 2 Concert and Sightreading Contest held at Anson High School last Wednesday.
Combined with the superior “I” rating given during last fall’s Region 2 Marching Contest, the IPHS band maintained its long tradition of excellence in receiving the Sweepstakes Award, which is the highest award that can be earned for the combined efforts of marching, concert, and sightreading.
According to Director Charlie Bradberry, the IPHS band received the highest ratings from all six judges at the recent contest. “No band could match the quality and musicianship of our students, with one judge commenting that this was the best band he had heard all day.
“It was really nice to see how well our kids were able to perform, and how they came through and performed at such a high level. It was truly impressive and inspiring to hear our students play.”
The band performed Rough Riders March by Karl King, Cajun Folk Songs by Brank Ticheli featuring Meghan Bradberry on the Alto Saxophone, and On a Hymnsong by Phillip Bliss by Holsinger.
Judges for the concert were Bryan Bronstad, Richard Hooper, and Jeanie Lunney. Sightreading judges incuded Mike Davenport, Dale Stelzer and Don Theode.
Comments from judges on Iowa Park’s performance included the following:
• “Wow! Band you play so musically. Great tone qualities throughout the band.” – J. Lunney
• “What a fine Band!” – R. Hooper
• “Superior Band Sounds!” “Thanks for your effort and Musicality.” – B. Bronstad
• “Wow! What a terrific band! You are a real credit to your community, your school and yourselves! You should be very proud of yourselves! Way to go Band!” – D Theode
• “Everyone has the right to be proud of what you have done!” – M Davenport
• “Such mature players, and great sound!” – D Stelzer
In an email sent to school staff and administrators, Bradberry gave a special thank you to the parents and administrators for making the year a success. He also dedicated the performance to the senior members of the Hawk Band. “Your dedication and commitment are a real asset to you, and show what you are really made of and capable of doing when you put your mind to it.
“When times got tough and the work seemed unbearable, you chose to stick it out and give it your best. You are all truly amazing,” he said to his seniors.
Senior band members at Iowa Park include Abby Allen, Paige Armstrong, Meghan “Princess” Bradberry, Cable DeWeese, Nathan Fowler, Kadie Haswell, Cade Lampe, Dalton Lewis, Kilee McCalister, Nelson Miller, Jacob Schultz, and Kaci Wells.
Other Hawk Band members contributing to this year’s success include Amy Allen, Zachary Allen, Brandi Baker, James Bever, Kaitlynn Bever, Brenna Blevins, Mason Bradberry, Saydie Bradberry, Emmiley Brown, Ariana Campbell, Zetta Cannedy, Ethan Carter-Austin, Tasha Casey, Paige Crockett, Kyle Culipher, Madison Currey, Chloe Ellison, Stephen Foster, Hunter Fournier, Nathaniel Fowler, Bayley Franks, Mackenzie Gilbert, Hailee Gregory, Georgia Haggart, Julia Hall, Haylon Hardman, Katlyn Heard, Brandon Hernandez, Lauren Holliday, Sadie Horton, Kalina Hutchings, Abigail Jameson, Brendan Knight, Elyssa Leal, Mckinley Lee, Madison Linstrom, Zoe Lindstrom, Megan McCallister, Gracie Moon, Kayleigh Moulton, Chloe Nemetz, Daniel Pedigo, Dayton Poore, Jacob Pruett, Marissa Reed, Natalie Reed, Zachary Roberts, Alexander Ryan, Shelby Sanders, Cassandra Savel, Raymond Schultz, Jered Stevens, Matthew Tatom, Savannah Teague, Sarah Templeton, Brianna Thompson, Candice Walker, Kody Wells, Caitlyn Whisnand, Cameron Wicks, and Gavin Worley.