POOHS Marching Band shown overwhelming support
The POOHS Marching Band traveled to San Antonio to compete in the UIL State Marching Band Contest, but for those of the community who couldn't attend, their support of our hometown musicians could be seen throughout the county.
Sunday afternoon, the town showed up in droves to watch the POOHS perform an exhibition of their half-time show before the band was cheered on their way out of town one more time.
Proud of the growing program, which boasts over 100 students, and its constant pursuit of excellence, Olney continues to sing the musicians' praises.
While the POOHS marched onto the field at the Alamodome, they were unaware of the nearly 100 fans back home watching live at The Refuge. First Baptist Church of Olney sponsored the broadcast.
Though their cheers and applause would not be heard 325 miles away, the sound filled the gym nonetheless.
"It was the best performance of the year," said Band Director Rodney Bennett. "Our kids represented the school and the community extremely well. Olney's always been a great band town, and we're carrying on many of those traditions."
Photos of the POOHS pictured on television sets emerged in newsfeeds and later that evening the Young County Courthouse shone a red stripe along its rooftop in support of the band.
The "Pride" of Olney High School had swelled.
"We're extremely proud of the kids and their accomplishment, and the community support has been almost overwhelming," said Bennett
An Upward Climb
Thirteen members of the band just competed at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest back in May, with then sophomores Melanie Allen and Michael Liming having earned gold and silver medals.
Back in 2013, the POOHS placed 7th at the UIL State Marching Band Contest in conference 1A, which was their first appearance at State in 25 years after winning in 1988. Now, in the last three opportunities, the POOHS have climbed the State marching ladder twice.
The Band has also taken Sweepstakes 'A' Award for their superior performances in marching band, concert, and sightreading for five consecutive years.
The opportunity to compete at the UIL State Marching Band Contest only comes every other year. Partly due to the cost of attending the State contest and its financial effect on other band programs throughout the year, so the marching contest alternates with the Texas Music Educators Association's Honor Band Competition.
While the POOHS did not place at State this year, a trend is beginning to set.