Flutist Rhiannon Freeman and saxophonist Jordan Connelly take the field for the Pride of Petrolia marching band Saturday morning.
Reflected in the bell of a Petrolia tuba, Drum Major Nicole Speegle leads the Pride of Petrolia band from the sideline at Memorial Stadium during Saturday’s UIL Region 2 marching contest.
Playing the Sousaphone, Ethan Plummer provides bass notes for the Pride of Petrolia brass section.
Clarinets Hannah Perez and Caroline Ramsey step into formation.
Bryce Smith, playing trumpet for the Pride of Petrolia band, moves into one of the band’s sweeping formations Saturday.
Justin Robbins plays Baritone for the Pride of Petrolia marching band.
Saxophonist Oscar Morales makes a turn in the Pride of Petrolia’s formation Saturday.
Flag corps member Danielle Holmes gives a feature performance for the Henrietta Band during Saturday’s UIL marching contest.
Hope Halberg steps forward to lead the Henrietta brass section in formation Saturday.
Hunter Smith plays tuba, backbone of the brass section, for Henrietta.
Henrietta’s Isaac Stillwell plays tuba from the sideline.
Percussionists Abby Zamzow and Lare Reid provide the high notes for Henrietta.
Flutist Michaela Hedrick steps to the front of the formation.
Flag corps member Madi Roberts twirls a rifle as part of Henrietta’s performance on Saturday.
Tuba player Mackey Thonton provides bass notes Saturday.
The high school bands of Henrietta and Petrolia competed in the UIL Region 2 marching contest Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
The Henrietta Band earned a “1,” or “Superior,” rating in the Class 3A competition. Bands representing Class 3A included Bowie, Holliday and City View. The annual competition hosts marching bands from classes 2A through 5A.
Bands are eligible for advancement every other year. This year, classes 2A and 4A advance. Bands representing Class 2A and 4A who earned a “1” will compete at area for a chance at state competition.
The Pride of Petrolia marching band received a “3,” or “Average,” rating in Class 2A competition.
Also competing in Class 2A were Archer City, Seymour, Windthorst, Anson, Haskell, Knox City, Olney and Throckmorton, Electra, Munday, Hamlin and Stamford.
Matt Kelton began working for community newspapers at 19 and has since won numerous awards. He founded The Pioneer Sentinel in 2011 with the belief that a locally owned news source best represents a community. Matt is a fifth generation resident of Clay County.