(UPDATE 10/29/11: Added photo.)
By Michael V. Hannigan
The Pride of Malakoff Marching Band received a 1st Division rating at UIL competition in Mesquite last week, earning a spot in this Saturday’s Area competition in Denton.
“The kids got out there and did a good job,” said first-year band director Darrington White.
Malakoff is scheduled to enter the field at Denton at 1:45 p.m.
Winning in Denton would mean a trip to the state competition for the band. Band competition is a little different, and state-level events are only held every other year. It is this year for Class 1A, 2A and 4A.
This is the fifth consecutive year the band has earned a 1st Division rating at UIL.
The accomplishment is amazing considering White has no assistant this year because of budget cuts even though the band is significantly bigger. There are 42 members in band this year, while there were about 30 last year.
White is no stranger to high-level competition, having taken Class 1A Tolar ISD to state.
The band’s competition performance is titled “Stars,” and includes the movements: Spectrum, Luminosity, and Red Giant. The band has been performing the show at halftime of this year’s football games.
White actually composed “Stars” himself, specifically for the Malakoff band.