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Pride of Piedmont takes first at UCO Invitational Marching Band Festival

By Greg Evans

The Pride of Piedmont marching band got its 2012 competitive season off to a great start last Saturday when the band took top honors at the UCO Invitational Marching Band Festival ‘The Stampede Showdown.’

The Pride’s finals score was a 75.25, beating the likes of Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North and Shawnee.
The Pride swept the contest’s caption awards; Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual and Outstanding General Effect.

“There were ten bands total in attendance,” Band Director Darnell Zook said. “It was a good day for us. We’re in good shape. The weather was tough. It drizzled all day long and it messed with our electronics. That’s all come out ok, though. It’s dried and working well now. We are in really good shape. The good news is we are doing well competitively and we still have a million things that still need to be fixed. There is a lot of things to fix in the next two weeks. We had lots of parents come out and they held out through the weather. They fed our kids three times that day.”

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The Pride of Piedmont marching band place first at ‘The Stampede Showdown’ last Saturday in Edmond. Piedmont scored 75.25 points in the finals.

“I think and feel like we are ahead of where we normally are this time of year. We are performing at a more mature level than we normally are at this time of year. We have two weeks until state and two weeks is forever for us. We have Mustang this Saturday and Jenks for state next Saturday. I think we’re way ahead statewide when it comes to 4A. Coweta is way ahead in 5A. They are cleaning up in Tulsa against those 6A schools and they beat everyone but Union at the Owasso contest last weekend. The question is who comes out on top when we come together in Jenks.”

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