Ada City Schools Band Director Eric Hall will say good-bye to his first group of seniors at the graduation of the Class of 2012 May 22, but at the same time he will usher in an era of growth for the AHS band.
Fresh off his first year and a ‘missed it by that much’ marching season, Hall sets the goal high, a state championship to add to the 15 already recorded on the tote board at the entrance to Ada High.
“My goal is to be near 135-150 in five years. Right now we have about 75 in the band,” Hall said.
Hall added that the Ada Instrumental Music Department will host it’s annual Spring Concert Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ada Cougar Activity Center Auditorium. The concert will include performances by each of the Ada City Schools instrumental music performing ensembles. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public.
Hall, who marched OU with the Pride of Oklahoma from 1999-2004, followed the eight-year run of Paul Crowl at the helm and Rozzie Purdy for a year before that. He hopes to return the program to the glory years of Bronson Warren and 14 state championships - 1980-2002. In the mid-90s Warren fielded marching units 150 strong.
At graduation the band will play “Old Scottish Melody,” an arrangement of the traditional tune Auld Lang Syne. The seniors are Ryan Burkhart, Colin Earle, Kellianne Hansen, Kayla Keith, Bryan Kingery, Alyssa Low, Jack Malm, Julian Mankin, Brea Miller, Erica Nelson, Philip Newcomer, Hunter Newell, Claire Pottebaum, Samantha Skinner, Hana Stenson and Abby Winter.
Earning a first division Superior rating on stage and a first division Superior rating in sight-reading, the Ada Cougar Band recently wrapped up the competitive portion of their year April 11 at the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association’s State Concert and Sight-reading Contest at Western Heights,
Members of the band also participated in the OSSAA State Solo and Ensemble Contest on April 17 hosted at Oklahoma State University. A total of 35 members of the group earned first division Superior ratings on prepared solos and ensembles.
The group has added to their already successful marching competitive season which include:
• Konawa Band Day in October where the band earned
Outstanding Drum Line-Class 5A, High Music-Class 5A, 1st place overall in Class Small 5A, the award for Outstanding Band in Field Competition in Class 5A, as well as the Donny Longest Pursuit of Excellence Award for Outstanding Field Performance, an award given to the highest score in field competition in all competing classes.
• Bron Warren Tigerpalooza October hosted at East Central University, first place overall in Class Small 5A (prelims), third place overall in all competing classes (finals), as well as the Bron Warren Spirit Award the award given to the group which displays the most pride and spirit throughout the competition.
Also in the fall, the Marching Cougars were edged out of a superior in marching at the annual OSSAA meet. In the end, that cost Ada a 16th state title, or sweepstakes, that calls for all superiors in marching, concert and sight.