Press Release: 10/6/14
The Odessa High School Band of Distinction continued their winning ways in the 2014 competitive season at the Golden Regiment Invitational on October 4 at Blue Springs High School. The contest featured 25 bands from around the region in six different classes of competition in the preliminary round. Then the bands performed in an open class contest in finals that evening.
In the preliminary contest, the Band of Distinction won the awards in the 3A class for Outstanding Effect, Guard, Visual, Percussion, and Drum Major as well as winning first place in the class. The Band also took home top honors in the Purple Division by outscoring all bands in classes 1A-4A. By winning the Purple Division, the Band of Distinction was chosen to perform in Finals against the top eleven 5A-6A bands.
For the first time this season, the Band performed the entire program of “Delilah.” As evidenced by the guard finishing second in Finals, the thematic approach of the band was pivotal in their success. The Finals crowd was particularly excited by the first impact as the band turned to the front in a ripple that led to the first flag entrance. The wall of sound produced by the horns and percussion was followed by a loud ovation from the crowd.
This is the third straight week the Band of Distinction has won their class and advanced to finals competition. Despite competing in these finals events against schools all much larger than Odessa, the Band is consistently a strong competitor. The Band of Distinction is preparing for their home show, the Odessa Marching Invitational next Saturday, October 18. You can also see the Band at the football game this Friday night, October 10.
The Band of Distinction is under the direction of Jeremy Meyer, with assistance from MJ Orf, Sonja Putnam (guard), Rachelle Pritchard (guard), Jill Endaya (percussion), Mariah Shields (guard), and Chris Putnam (visual design). Additional information regarding the Band of Distinction can be found at their website: www.odessabands.com. The band encourages you to show your support at any and all events as they continue their Pursuit of Excellence!