The HHS band took the field for the first performance of the year at the victory against Marianna on September 4.
Field Commander Caleb Hennington and the flag line led the half time performance. Flag line members are captain, Brooke Rutledge, co-captain, Shay McPherson, Destinee Pannell, Chrisann Morris, Christina Patton, and Olivia Grappe.
The new flag line practiced long hours to prepare for this night's performance. The try-outs, which were held in April for the flag-line, evaluated marching, attitude, routine, and fundamentals, all of which are vitally important to having a great line.
Their summer practices began August 3 and ended August 7. They spent fifteen hours of practice with three hours each day. Their instructor was Terri Cossey from Little Rock.
The flag line performs their routine to three main songs. They are Fantasy by Earth, Wind, and Fire, Rock that September by Earth, Wind, and Fire, and In the Stone by Earth, Wind, and Fire.
The flag line members and field commander also play instruments during concert season. Rutledge plays the trumpet, Pannell, Grappe, and Morris play the flute, McPherson and Morris both play the saxophone, and Hennington plays percussion.
The flag line members are excited about the new season. McPherson stated, "It's been a great experience and fun." Band director Marty Martin is also excited about the front line. He stated, "The new members display leadership and great work ethic. I'm enthusiastic and looking for great things to happen."
Marching competitions for the band are October 13 in Monticello and October 29 in Magnolia.