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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
AMARILLO – The Childress High School marching band’s performance on Saturday was one for the record book. The Big Blue Band from Bobcat Land is area bound for the first time in school history.
“We’re super excited for the kids and the legacy,” CHS Band Director Andrew Fowler said. “It was a wonderful day. I’m so proud of the students.”
The band received a Division 1 rating at the UIL Region Marching Competition at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo. Fowler said the band performed Zeus: King of the Gods, which is a six-minute competitive marching show.
“We are through the roof excited,” said CHS Assistant Band Director Cole Woods. “We are so excited for the kids. They’ve done a tremendous job this year.”
The 40 band members started the year with both Woods and Fowler new to CHS. Fowler said their motto has been trust the process since the first day.
“We told them at the beginning to trust the process, and they did,” Fowler said. “I push them to stive to the highest level possible.” There’s even a poster in the band hall that reads Be the best and beat the rest, he added.
“Making school history only happens once,” Fowler said. “There will never be another.”
On Nov. 14, the CHS marching band will compete at the UIL Area Marching Competition at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. Fowler said this would not be happening without the kids’ hard work. He would also like to thank the community, school administrators and band members’ parents for making all of this possible.
“We’re a big family,” said Fowler, who hopes to make more history at the area competition. “Once they’ve (students) tasted winning, they’ll never not want to taste it again.”
As for Woods, he wants the community to know this: “Moving forward, keep an eye out for the band,” he said. “We’re going to make some cool stuff happen.”