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Crosstown Showdown: band edition \ After a long night at the Crosstown Showdown football game, Pride of the East was back up the next morning to travel to John Clark Stadium in Plano. The band performed parts one, two and three of their 2014 show, Leaving Home. They won a trophy for outstanding color guard and for third place out of all the 5A bands.

Crosstown Showdown: band edition \ After a long night at the Crosstown Showdown football game, Pride of the East was back up the next morning to travel to John Clark Stadium in Plano. The band performed parts one, two and three of their 2014 show, Leaving Home. They won a trophy for outstanding color guard and for third place out of all the 5A bands. "This is the first time we've beat McKinney North's color guard," guard member Hannah Diaz said. After doing the Raider Rumble over three times, the band ranked fifth out of the ten 5A and 6A bands. "I feel like we did a pretty decent job," band member Thomas David said. caption by Ariauna Johnson

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Crosstown Showdown: band edition \ After a long night at the Crosstown Showdown football game, Pride of the East was back up the next morning to travel to John Clark Stadium in Plano. The band performed parts one, two and three of their 2014 show, Leaving Home. They won a trophy for outstanding color guard and for third place out of all the 5A bands. "This is the first time we've beat McKinney North's color guard," guard member Hannah Diaz said. After doing the Raider Rumble over three times, the band ranked fifth out of the ten 5A and 6A bands. "I feel like we did a pretty decent job," band member Thomas David said. caption by Ariauna Johnson

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The Pride of the East Marching Band has revealed its new show entitled “Leaving Home”. It includes music from the famous song by Phillip Phillips “Gone, Gone, Gone”.

Like the band, baby, don’t stop marching…

This year the Pride of the East will be gone, gone, gone with all of the awards at The Plano East Marching Competition, Oct. 4, at the Plano East High School football stadium.

In the years before, the band won several awards including Best Music, Best Visual Effects and overall Best Marching Fundamentals. They are up at 7 a.m. at the beginning of August every year and work for eight hours on marching, musical performance and timeliness. The program relies on this dedication and devotion to accomplish its goals.

“Every year our band works harder and harder. We look back on previous years, learn from our mistakes, and try to become better the next year,” senior Luke Stephenson, president of the band, said. “The Pride of the East always works together as one to achieve our goals.”

This year’s marching show is entitled “Leaving Home”, inspired from the story of a young woman leaving her small town to go off into the big city and accomplish her dreams. The show has music inspired by Phillip Phillips’ hit single “Gone, Gone, Gone”.

“Usually the music inspires the show concept. Yes, we had music that we really liked, but I think that we felt like this show fit the group very well,” Glenn Lambert, the head director of the band, said. “With the seniors leaving and moving on to bigger and better things, it’s relevant to the show. I think this year’s show will really warm a lot of hearts.”

Junior Kayla Canava, color guard captain, is the soloist of the show, who portrays the role of the young woman who is “leaving home” to make her way into the big city. The Color Guard, also referred to as the Precious Gems, has the job of reenacting the show theme through dance, costumes, flag work and weapon spinning.

“Our colorguard is exquisite. I am the captain this year and I am responsible for being not only a role model, but a friend to my girls,” Canava said, “I have never been more proud. The Precious Gems are going places and they are going together.”

Within the last few years, the band has gone up in rank and has become the must see show. But just like any other program, the band has its strengths and weaknesses.

“When we cooperate with each other and share ideas freely among one another, we are at our strongest, but we tend to let drama into our band at times,” Kristen Pierri, senior head drum major, said. “Tension occurs and it’s unhealthy. That’s when we are at our weakest.”

The band also has a Leadership Team. This is a group of 38 people, this includes students and directors, who work together to improve the band in social, physical and mental aspects. They are considered the strongest and most loyal members of the band.

“Our leadership team is responsible for several different things in the program. Each member has a different job to do that helps things run smoothly,” Aaron Daniel, the associate director of the band, said. “The leadership sort of picks up the slack. They definitely make our band program a better environment.”

The Pride of the East expects to be outstanding and work past any and all challenges they may face. It is essential to the program to always be their best.

“Understand that you will be pushed to work to your maximum potential and that your best is always expected. Work ethic and determination are the best skills you can have in this band,” Lambert said, “By the end of the season I believe that we’ll have a higher level of success than we have ever achieved so far. I’m more than optimistic about the future of this band.”

 

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