The Patrick County High School Marching Band (Photo by J.D. Morse)
PCHS to host band competition
On Saturday, October 18, approximately 771 students will step on the field in competition for the 28th annual Celebration of Pride Band Competition hosted by Patrick County High School.
Each year, bands from North Carolina and Virginia visit Patrick County to enjoy true Southern hometown hospitality and great competition.
Five classes of bands will compete Saturday: A (up to 29 horns), AA (30-44 horns), AAA (45-59 horns), AAAA (60-75 horns), and AAAAA (75+ horns).
Overall ratings of (a) Superior 80-100, (b) Excellent 60-79.9, and (c) Good 0-59.9 will be awarded to each band. Awards will include (a) first place awards for drum major, color guard, and percussion, (b) first and second place for marching, music, and general effect, and (c) first, second, and third place bands in each class.
The opening ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on the John D. Hooker Memorial Field at Patrick County High School. Twelve bands from high schools across our region will perform from 3:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
They will include: Ashe County, Tunstall, Riverheads, Magna Vista, Floyd County, William Byrd, Fort Defiance, Rustburg, Cave Spring, Ronald Reagan High, E.C. Glass, and Heritage.
The Patrick County Marching Cougars will perform in exhibition at 7:45 p.m.
Awards are scheduled for 8:15 p.m., and the William F. Pons Band of the Day presentation will be made by Ilene Pons and Frances Stover, PCHS band director.
Concessions and souvenirs will be sold by the Patrick County Band Boosters. The cost of admission is $6. Everyone is invited to attend an exciting afternoon of band competition.
Music programs awarded $51,000
By Nancy Lindsey
A Maryland foundation has awarded grants totaling $51,000 to the music education program in Patrick County public schools.
The Gloria and Arthur Konig Foundation, located in St. Leonard, Md., informed Dr. William Sroufe, division superintendent, that it is committing "restricted grants" in the amount of $41,000 to the Patrick County High School band and $10,000 to the elementary schools' music program.
"These grants are to be used in their entirety for the specific purpose to purchase musical instruments and supplies, including music, music stands, band uniforms, recording devices, computer devices for the exclusive use of teaching music," wrote Dawn Hildreth, co-executive director of the foundation. "All of the above is to be loaned/used to/for the students free of charge."
Because the funds are being used for specific purposes, Hildreth wrote, the foundation requests copies of invoices and related documentation showing how the funds are applied.
According to the foundation's website, it is a non-profit, charitable corporation that benefits philanthropy, volunteers and grant-making foundations.
Sroufe told the Patrick County School Board about the grant at the Oct. 9 meeting.
"This will help our students who can't afford a musical instrument," Sroufe said.
Kandy Burnett, Dan River District school board member, said the students at Blue Ridge Elementary School are "so excited" about the return of the elementary music program, which was cut in recent years.
"I really appreciate the budget" that added elementary music back into the curriculum, Sroufe said.
The kids love the music teacher and the music, a blend of contemporary and traditional, Burnett said.
"Music has always been a passion for me and it tends to get left out" in school spending priorities, Burnett said.
She made the motion to accept the foundation's offer, which was approved unanimously.
"We got $51,000 and we didn't have to paint the gym floor," Burnett said, referring to the sponsorship of the PCHS athletics program by Hall Propane.