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Photo courtesy of Teri Beaver/In Kahoots Photography

The “Pride” has been preparing for upcoming marching contests and are ready to continue their “Tradition of Excellence.”

The “Pride” show is titled “Romanesque,” written by Dr. Benjamin Brook. The “Pride” is under the direction of Mr. Herbert Herrera and Mrs. Elizabeth Field.

The “Pride of Panhandle” Marching Clinic is this Saturday, Oct. 17, in Panther Stadium. Six area schools will be in Panhandle to showcase their marching and musical talents in preparation for the UIL Region 1 Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo. An individual clinic will follow each band performance. Judges are Cody Myers and Bruce Collins. This event is open to the public. Due to COVID-19, guidelines state that you must sit six feet apart unless you are a family unit. If seating runs out, spectators are welcome to stand outside the white fence around the football field.

The performances begin with “Pride of Panhandle” at 9 a.m.; White Deer at 1 p.m.; Dimmitt at 2 p.m.; Wheeler at 3 p.m.; Highland Park at 4 p.m.; and Childress at 5 p.m.

The “Pride of Panhandle” will compete on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Dick Bivins Invitational in Amarillo. Due to COVID-19, there will be no spectators for this event. Bands will be scheduled so that one band will have completely left the stadium before the next band enters. The “Pride” will compete in the UIL Region 1 Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1:15 p.m. Per Region 1 UIL Music Executive Secretary Roger Edwards, following are a list of COVID-19 spectator guidelines for Dick Bivins Stadium:
- Gate admission is $5 (cash only).
- Spectator entrance and parking is in the southwest corner of the stadium off southeast 10th Street.
- Each spectator will be required to wear a mask.
- The stadium is marked for social distancing.
- Spectators will self-report and will not have temperature taken.
- There is a clear bag policy.

Panhandle will be among 12 other 2A bands performing in the UIL Region 1 Marching Contest for the highest score of a “1” (a standard performance in the UIL of excellence) in all categories. Earning a First Division in the contest will advance the band to the Area Marching Contest on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Lowery Field in Lubbock. Classifications advancing to the 2020 UIL State Marching Contest are 2A, 4A and 6A.

The 2020 UIL State Marching Contest for Class 2A advancing bands is on Monday, Dec. 14, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The “Pride” placed seventh in 2007; placed 11th placed in 2018; sixth in 2017; and 12th in 2018 in the UIL State Marching Contests.

The Herald/News wishes you the best of luck!

Photo courtesy of Teri Beaver/In Kahoots Photography