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LHS band grows larger every year


Photo by Laura Thomson

A band of 75 members, one drum major and eight majorettes waited anxiously for the results. After several nerve-wracking moments, the announcer said the words that would be heard thirty-nine more times in years to come: “Lindale High School, Division I.” What that group of students from 1975 didn’t know was that they would not only be the start to a long-standing tradition of band excellence, but their small size would continue to grow.

At more than 255 members, The Pride of Lindale is marching their largest band in history this year and preparing for another successful year.

“We’re going to put more kids on the field than we’ve ever had in a contest block,” head band director Steven Moore said.

Through the growth of the band, the tradition has connected alumni to current members, including some families. Junior high English and drama teacher Molly Bacon was a four-year member of the band and enjoys being part of the tradition.

“What makes it even better for me is because I was a part of the first, second and third first-division rated LHS bands, and my son and daughter are part of that tradition with me,” Bacon said. “That makes it very special.”

Instead of just one drum major like there was when Bacon was a member, there are now four. Head drum major Katie Phinny said she is excited for the contests and the size.

“I was kind of terrified when I became head drum major because I knew I had big shoes to fill from the previous drum majors,” Phinny said. “As far as contest goes, I’m more excited because I have an amazing band family backing me up.”

The band has already put in hours of rehearsal time, and according to Moore, it is “one of the most positive groups.”

“The band has a great attitude, and the students are working hard,” Moore said. “If things keep on going, it could be one of our best years.”