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Stories Added - November 4, 2007 - November 11, 2007
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Hardin band earns top honors
Big Thicket Messenger - November 2007

The Hardin Hornet Band recently traveled to Cleveland for the Royal Braves Invitational Marching Contest and earned top honors.

The Hardin Band’s show this year is titled “Texas Salute” and features music from John Wayne’s epic movie, ”The Alamo.” The band began their presentation with “Alamo Introduction” written by Hardin director Bob Smith and transitioned into “The Ballad of the Alamo” and “How The West Was Won.” The show continued with “Green Leaves of Summer,” which depicts the departure of the non-combatants from the Alamo, leaving their loved ones for the last time. The presentation concluded with “Come to the Bower,” and “Texas Salute.”

“It’s been a good year so far,” said director Smith. “We have had a lot of fun putting this show together. We have a lot of young band members and I am sure that it has been a new experience for them.”

This show has been a new experience for the Hardin band as a whole. Hardin’s standard fair for the past two seasons has been salutes to The Eagles and the band Chicago.

“We have been playing pop music and the crowd loved it,” Smith said. “So far we have also received some great support from our fans for this show. We had a lot of support in the stands for the contest in Cleveland. I had a parent from one of the other bands in our district tell us that he came to Cleveland just to see our show. He was a John Wayne fan. Our fans are really great and I would like to thank them for being there for us.”

Hardin competed with all of the bands from our area competed in the Region X UIL Contest at Little Cypress Mauriceville on Saturday, October 20 at 10:45 a.m.





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