The Blanco Panther band has been working for weeks getting ready for marching contest season. Fans can see their performance at halftime shows.
“This is a big year for the Blanco Panther Band,” said band director Brian Hecimovich. “We have been working hard since the heat of summer to prepare for this year and the students are really stepping up to the challenges they face.”
The Panther band is young—50 out of its 72 members are 8th and 9th graders. “It is something we embrace,” said Hecimovich. “We don’t think of ourselves as a young band, we are a great band.”
Marching contest is right around the corner, and the competition is tough.
“We participate in UIL Music Region 12 and that includes many great 2A bands,” said Hecimovich.
Upcoming contests begin with East Central High School on September 28, the Hill Country Marching Contest in Fredericksburg on October 5 (where the Panthers are the defending 2A champions), then the UIL Region 12 Marching Contest at East Central on October 12. A Division 1 rating there will advance the band to Area competition.
The band’s show is entitled “The Great Gate”.
It is a classical themed show that takes famous music from Russian and Eastern European influences.
The first selection is “Russian Sailor’s Dance”, a song from a popular ballet called “The Red Poppy”, in which a Russian sailor rescues a group of abused slaves from a ship at sea.
The next song is a combination of the famous classical works “Pictures at an Exhibition” and the “Great Gate of Kiev”. In the middle section, the band features the Blanco Panther Drumline and Pit Percussion with a percussion feature called “Inferno”.
The final piece of the show is called “Moscow, 1941”, that depicts a fierce battle that took place during the harsh Russian winter of 1941. During World War II, the allied forces were attacked by Nazi Germany in the middle of winter. However, the German soldiers were not prepared for battle in such unforgiving winter weather.
“We cannot do any of this without a team of hardworking people,” said Hecimovich. “I would like to thank the Blanco ISD administration for all their support, the Blanco Band Boosters for hours and hours of uniform preparation and fundraising, and Assistant Band Director Brandon Aly for all his work with the Blanco ISD band program.”
“Blanco Panther Band—To The Top!”