The Panther Pride Marching Band’s Season


Mollie Phillips, Reporter

The Panther Pride Marching Band has concluded its season.  They performed in the Hoisington Labor Day parade, a 123 year tradition in Central Kansas.  They also traveled to the Kansas State Fair as part of Kansas’ Largest Classroom, where the Panther Pride is a perennial favorite, earning ratings of I- and II+.  Festival season started with the Central States Marching Festival at K-State, where the Panther Pride performed for the first time in several years, receiving a II rating. Their season concluded with the WAC League Marching Festival in Dodge City, receiving a II rating, with the band’s color guard receiving a I rating.  GBHS Director of Bands, Grant Mathews, said, “We had a successful season, and continued to grow and improve all the way to the end. The band students worked hard and put in many hours, starting clear back on July 30th.”

The Panther Pride also performs at all home Panther Football games, and continue to cheer on the Panthers as they head into playoff season. This year’s marching show was entitled ‘The Remakes and the YouTube Famous’, featuring songs from past decades that have seen a rebirth by recent artists, or have gone viral on the interwebs.  Tunes included Africa, by the group Toto and remade recently by the band Weezer. 99 Red Balloons, covered by the band Goldfinger. Tainted Love, famously performed by Softcell as a remake, has been covered several times.  The show also featured Hallelujah, popular in the Shrek franchise, which has gone viral with many popular versions, followed by our drumline’s version of the Cups Song. The show concluded with a Latin groove tune by Pete Rodriguez, made popular by the Blackout All-Stars, and a recent hit for Cardi B, I Like It Like That.  There were some other hidden gems in there as well, with Careless Whisper and the father/son Trombone-Oven duet. Soloists in the show were seniors Alex Smith and Daniel Abbott, and sophomore Dustin Emig. The band is directed by Grant Mathews and assisted by Don Regehr, Colorguard instructor Donna Becker, and Drumline instructor Alan Baxter. Drums Majors this year were Head Drum Major senior Sage Cauley, and Assistant Drum Major junior Carlos Jacobo.   “The Panther Pride would like to thank our band parents, the school district staff and administration, and the Great Bend community for their help and support throughout the season.  Go Band! Go Panthers!” says Mathews.