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Hawk Band does it again!
Earns 31st consecutive Sweepstakes award

By: Kevin Hamilton
Iowa Park’s Mean Green Hawk Band just did it again.

And with a new director.

Last Wednesday in Vernon, the Hawk band competed in the Region 2 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. And for the 31st consecutive year, Iowa Park earned a Superior I rating in both elements, and combined with a Superior I rating this past fall in the UIL Marching Contest, came away with the vaunted Sweepstakes Award.

“This was a wonderful performance of some really tough literature, and I am very proud of the students who performed,” said first year Director Charlie Bradberry. The new director, who took the reins from longtime mentor Greg Miller this past year, was a member of one of the Hawk bands to first start the longstanding sweepstakes tradition in Iowa Park.

Selections performed at the Wilbarger Auditorium by the Hawk Band included “Brasses to the Fore” by Walters, “Irish Tune from Country” by Grainger, and “Dance” by Ticheli.

Iowa Park’s band was the first 3A band to receive unanimous “I’s” from the judges.

“One of the judges commented on how well we played on such a tough selection of music,” Bradberry said. “They all made mention of how well rehearsed we were, and how we had several great players among us.

“Overall, the day was a huge success,” the director continued. “Not because we received ones, but because the kids went and represented Iowa Park to the best of their ability and all took notice. The spirit, pride, and honor were on display for all to see and they shined as bright as any star. No matter what the rating, the students, parents and community can be proud of the way we performed that day.”

Under the direction of Bradberry and Assistant Band Director Elizabeth Wetherbee, members of the 2013-14 Hawk Band competing in Vernon included Christina Alambar, Melaina Alexander, Emily Allen, Jessica Allen, Megan Allen, Coby Alston, Paige Armstrong, Nathan Blain, Meghan Bradberry, Carlos Caballerio, Alexis Campbell, Carter Case, Brooke Charon, Derick Clark, Matthew Crockett, Bryce Curtis, Halgeigh Curtis, Cable DeWeese, Issac Diaz, Hailey Durham, and Nathan Eaves.

Also, Sarah Farquharson, Claire Featherston, Jacob Fuhrman, Audery Gorman, Drake Greene, Tayler Griminger, Hannah Gryseels, Holden Hall, Jennifer Hams, Mervyn Harp, Austin Harris, Samantha Holliday, Emily Hutchings, Mable Jordan, Mikayla Kelmer, Kaleb Kendall, Caden Lampe, William Lawson, Sol Lehman, Camie Lewis, Dalton Lewis, Ashley Lucas, Robert McCarty, Jacob McLean, Ronny Medina, Emily Miser, and Dalton Nix.

Also, Jared Pruett, Sarah Rambo, Samantha Reed, Madlynn Reese, Daniel Rolfe, Kylee Sampley, Jacob Schultz, Zachery Shugart, Katlyn Skinner, Samantha Smith, Taryn Son, Robyn Sperry, Jered Stevens, Erin Stone, Lacey Stowers, Christopher Traylor, Bailey Wardwell, Michaela Weidler, Kaci Wells, Jordan Willett, Kendell Wilson, Corey Witherspoon, Seth Witherspoon, and Raegan Woolard.