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Hawk Band earns 33rd straight Sweepstakes

For the 33rd consecutive year, Iowa Park High School’s Hawk Band has earned the coveted Sweepstakes Award.
The Hawk Band earned superior “I” ratings Saturday at the UIL Region 2 Concert and Sightreading Contest held at Wichita Falls Old High. Combined with the superior “I” rating given during last fall’s Region 2 Marching Contest, the IPHS band maintained its long tradition of excellence.
“We did it,” exclaimed Director Charlie Bradberry. “It was awesome. I actually had a judge come down from the balcony to find me. He wanted me to know that our concert was one of the most musical performances he had ever heard ... and he just wanted to come shake my hand to let me know that.”
Concert judges included Bryan Ferrell, JB Perry, and Dave Daniel. Sightreading judges were Mike Lunney, Harold Bufe, and Darrington White.
Comments from the judges included:
• “Great job and interpretation of Amazing Grace on the Alto Sax solo, it was so mature and musical”;
• “Very precise playing in this ensemble. Great attention to detail”;
• “Very musical performance – congratulations on a great job with a super director”;
• “Really mature band sounds – wonderful players and awesome fundamentals”;
• “This is a tremendous group. Thanks for working so hard.”
During the concert portion of Saturday’s contest, the Hawk Band performed Coast Guard March by James Swearingen, Steel by Randall Standridge, and Amazing Grace by Frank Ticheli, featuring Meghan Bradberry on the Alto Saxaphone.
Hawk Band members for 2015-16 include Cassandra Alambar, Abigail Allen, Amy Allen, Jessica Allen, Zachary Allen, Paige Armstrong, Brandi Baker, Jayce Bennett, Jazmyne Bernal, Kaitlynn Bever, Isabella Black, Nathan Blain, Brenna Blevins, Justin Bogart, Destiny Boyd, Mason Bradberry, Meghan Bradberry, Saydie Bradberry, John Bradshaw, Tasha Casey, Caileigh Casillas, Paige Crockett, Kyle Culipher, Cable DeWeese, Issac Diaz, Hailey Durham, Nathan Eaves, Chloe Ellison, Kennedy Faulkner, Stephen Foster, Hunter Fournier, Bayley Franks, Jacob Fuhrman, Audery Gorman, Noah Grace, Drake Greene, Tayler Griminger, Georgia Haggart, Julia Hall, Lauren Hambright, Jennifer Hams, Myles Hanford, Mervyn Harp, Kadie Haswell, Jacob Hawkins, Brandon Hernandez, Brianna Hodges, Samantha Holliday, and Emily Hutchings.
Also, Mikayla Kelmer, Audra Kennedy, Robbie Kenyon, Caden Lampe, Dalton Lewis, Jacob Lewis, Madison Lindstrom, Lauren Ashley Martin, Kilee McCallister, Robert McCarty, Jacob McClean, Nelson Miller, Loran Polly, Dayton Poore, Jacob Pruett, Sarah Rambo, Marissa Reed, Zachary Roberts, Alexander Ryan, Shelby Sanders, Cassandra Savel, Jacob Schultz, Raymond Schultz, Constance Shelnutt, Sarah So, Jered Stevens, Matthew Tatom, Savannah Teague, Sarah Templeton, Rhagen Thompson, Payton Vickers, Courtney Ward, Kaci Wells, Caitlyn Whisnand, Cameron Wicks, Corey Witherspoon, and Dylan Wood.