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- - CANYON HIGH SCHOOL SOARING PRIDE BAND - - 1701 23rd St., Canyon, TX 79015 - (806) 677-2740 - - MIKE SHEFFIELD, Director - - LUIS HERNANDEZ, Assistant Director
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CHS BAND HISTORY

FALL 2015 Marching Program
"Winter Solstice" Written by composers such as Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Pann, it's a musical depiction of the shortest, coldest day of the year. Our opening is dark and oppressive, depicting the lack of sun and abundance of cloud cover, and also portraying the emotional depression that can accompany. We then move to a sleigh ride, reminding us that anything can be transformed into a joyous event. Next is a ballad written by our arranger, Eric Rath. It is solemn and quiet, much like stepping out into the world after a fresh snowfall. We conclude with a fast, exciting run down a ski trail.


Directors: Messrs. Sheffield, Hernandez, Rath, and Lough. - Percussion Specialist: TBD - Colorguard Specialist: Mrs. Sheffield
Drum Majors: Miss Isabell Wheeler (Senior Drum Major)
Members: 150 students in the 9th through 12th grades.
Competition Results:
  • High Plains Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas TBD
  • Regional UIL Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas TBD
  • Area UIL Marching Contest, Lowrey Field in Lubbock, Texas (10/24/15): TBD (5A State Qualifying Year)
  • Texas State UIL Marching Contest, San Antonio, Texas (11/03/15): TBD


FALL 2014 Marching Program
"Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. "Vladimir Stasov's program and the six known extant pictures suggest that the ten pieces comprising the suite correspond to eleven pictures by Hartmann, with Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle accounting for two. The five Promenade movements, consisting of an introduction and four links, are not numbered among the ten pictures. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Promenade movements are untitled in the composer's manuscript. The enduring popularity of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition lies in the satisfaction it offers both at first hearing and in repeated visits. The variety of invention and distinctive character of each movement appeal at once. Visual motives find vivid aural form: clocks, bells, chants, feathers, flames, climb and descent. The piece rewards additional hearings with new relationships constantly to be discovered. The first two movements of the suite—one grand, one grotesque—find mirrored counterparts, and apotheoses, at the end. The suite traces a journey that begins at an art exhibit, but the line between observer and observed vanishes at the Catacombs when the journey takes on a different character. For all the variety individual movements display in musical invention, each springs from a kernel in the opening melody. The Promenade theme provides distinctive "cells" of two and three notes that generate themes and accompaniment figures throughout the piece."


Directors: Messrs. Sheffield, Hernandez, Rath, and Lough. - Percussion Specialist: Rath. - Colorguard Specialist: Mrs. Sheffield
Drum Majors: Mr. Kendal Tipton and Miss Mackenzie Hahn (Senior Drum Majors), Miss Isabell Wheeler (Junior Drum Major)
Members: 150 students in the 9th through 12th grades.
Competition Results:
  • High Plains Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas : DIVISION ONE
  • Regional UIL Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas : DIVISION ONE


FALL 2013 Marching Program
"The Climb" by Gary Gilroy. "If nothing is truly grander than nature, then "The Climb" is the grandest production ever put on the field. Take your fans on a scenic hike of awesome beauty and thrilling adventure, ascending onto a stunning snowcapped mountaintop to look out over the breathtaking spectacle that has just been conquered. The frenetic descent to the base of our mountain comes to a majestic, climactic finale that is sure to give your band the finish they've always looked for. Full of relatable visual potential and costuming opportunities using harnesses, ropes and more!" Source: Gary P. Gilroy Productions.

High Plains Marching Contest Performance: CLICK HERE - OCTOBER 5, 2013.

Directors: Messrs. Sheffield, Hernandez, Zorn, and Lough. - Percussion Specialist: Mr. Crawford. - Colorguard Specialist: Mrs. Sheffield
Drum Majors: Mr. Pistocco (Senior Drum Major), Mr. Kendal Tipton and Miss Mackenzie Hahn (Junior Drum Majors).
Members: 148 students in the 9th through 12th grades.
Competition Results:
  • High Plains Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas (10/05/13): FIRST PLACE GRAND CHAMPION, CHAMPION COLOGUARD, CHAMPION PERCUSSION
  • Regional UIL Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas (10/12/13): DIVISION ONE
  • Area UIL Marching Contest, Lowrey Field in Lubbock, Texas (10/26/13): 4th (4A State Qualifying Year)
  • Texas State UIL Marching Contest, San Antonio, Texas (11/05/13): Not Eligible


FALL 2012 Marching Program
"Ballet Sacra" by David Holsinger. "Much of Holsinger’s music is characterized by unrelenting tempos, ebullient rhythms, fluctuating accents, poly-lineal textures, vigorous asymmetrical melodies, and high emotional impact. Many of Holsinger's pieces are characterized by a lively and kinetic mood. He frequently makes use of shifts in time signature, with the overall effect of rhythmic richness."

Ballet Sacra is intended as a concert piece based on universally known texts utilized in not only the Roman Catholic Mass, but also the Anglican Mass, the Lutheran Service, and the Methodist Communion Service. Although envisioned as a liturgical collaboration between dance company and symphonic band, Ballet Sacra can stand alone in its tri-part design without the visual element. Preceding the entry of the ballet corps, the composition opens with fanfares and flourishes in the brass and percussion pressing forward to culminate in large organ-like tuttis. As the tempo explodes to an ebullient Presto, the dancers are invited to enter the stage. The dance variations are presented over many meter changes and displaced accents, typical of the composer's style. "Home meter," however, during this opening exposition is four-five, somewhat unusual to accompany an art form that usually choreographs in groups of eight counts. The "B" section of this program features dances for three individuals and couples, the Pas de trois and Pas de duex. Both these dance events are performed over slow, harmonically- minimalistic music variations. This middle section features both a solo trumpet line and voices singing within the playing ensemble. Reminiscent of early liturgical chant, the composer has the singers intoning two phrases from the Gloria of the Mass Ordinary, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" and "Quoniam tu solus sanctus". (Glory to God in the Highest / For You Alone are Holy). In the final Presto, the entire dance company is involved as the music unfolds an agitated tapestry where bits and pieces of the first two sections reappear and reassemble into a closing recapitulation of the primary themes, "home meter" being abridged to four-four. The great organ-like chords sound through the busyness, allusions of the opening "liturgical fanfares" climb upward and the listener is pounded by terse spikes of sound. The ballet concludes in quiet benediction as voices intone a final prayer; Grant Us Peace., "Dona nobis pacem". Grade 5. Source: TRN Music Publisher.


SAMPLE: 1997 Poteet High School 4A Marching Band, Scott Coulson, Director - UIL 4A State Marching Competition Finals.

Directors: Messrs. Sheffield, Hernandez, Zorn, and Lough. Percussion Specialist: Mr. Crawford.
Drum Majors: Miss Castleberry, Miss Miller (Senior Drum Majors) and Mr. Pistocco (Junior Drum Major).
Members: 160 students in the 9th through 12th grades.
Competition Results:
  • High Plains Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas (10/06/12): Second Place (Highest Ranked Texas Band)
  • Regional UIL Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas (10/13/12): First Division (Non-State Year)
  • Zia Marching Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico (10/20/12): 1st Place, Class 2A, additional awards for Music Performance and Show, Overall: 11th Place 11/32


FALL 2011 Marching Program
"La Fiesta Mexicana" by H. Owen Reed. "Reed's best known and most widely performed work is the three-movement concert band composition La Fiesta Mexicana (1949), composed with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship. The work is based on Aztec, Roman Catholic, mariachi, and other music Reed heard while in Mexico City, Cuernavaca, and Chapala, Mexico for six months (1948/49)."

The show is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Steve Baird.

Directors: Messrs. Sheffield, Hernandez, Zorn, and Lough. Percussion Specialists: Messers. Benton and Crawford. Student Teacher: Miss Butterworth.
Drum Majors: Miss Tellman, Miss Shaw and Miss Castleberry.
Members: 155 students in the 9th through 12th grades.
Competition Results:
  • Putnam City Marching Contest (09/24/11): 8th Place
  • High Plains Marching Contest (10/08/11): 3rd Place Overall, 2nd Place in Class 4A
  • Regional UIL Marching Contest, Amarillo, Texas (10/15/11): First Division (Area UIL Competition Qualifier)
  • Zia Marching Festival (10/22/11): 1st Place, Class 2A, additional awards for Music Performance and Show, Overall: 6th Place 6/24 (Finals Qualifier, 6th Place 6/10)
  • Area UIL Marching Contest, Odessa, Texas (10/29/11): Finals Qualifier, Tied for 5th Place
  • State UIL Marching Contest, San Antonio, Texas (11/08/11): Did not qualify at Area UIL



Late-1960's...on a dark and stormy night Mr. Sheffield was born...legend holds that he was born with a percussionist's mallet in his hands...



Quotes...

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." - Plato



The first official High School graduating class in Canyon (City) was in 1902. Prior to that, school was held for students of all ages; at first in L.G. Connor's Land Office. The first school was a subscription school, to which the cowboys of the T-Anchor ranch donated liberally in hopes that more women would come west.

Information is from Warwick, Mrs. Clyde W., compiler. The Randall County Story. Hereford, Texas: Pioneer Book Publishers; 1969. Pages 84-87.



Updated: July 02, 2015