The Waurika High School Band, under the direction of Everett Hodges, made a First Division Superior rating at the OSSAA District 8 Band Contest held last Wednesday, February 28th. The contest was held at Duncan High School. All three judges gave the band the highest rating possible. The band qualifies for State Band contest to be held at East Central University in Ada on March 27th.
The 62-member group played 2 selections, Majestica and Pinnacle. This marks the 2nd consecutive year and the 6th out of 7 years the band has qualified for state. Hodges said, “I am really proud of this group. To start with, we lost 14 seniors last year. Then we missed 4 days in the last month to flu and weather. They handled the adversity well and responded like we needed them to.”
The band also sight-read at that portion of the contest and made a 2 rating. Hodges continued, “There are 224 schools in Class 2A in Oklahoma. Of those, some don’t have bands, but even at that, to be one of 10 or 12 schools that go to State on a regular basis makes me feel good about what we are doing. It is fun to have success.”