The Cleveland Tiger Pride Band has just concluded its 2019 competitive marching season with their Scottish-themed show, ‘Highlander.” Featuring selections by renowned composers Felix Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Malcom Arnold, the band’s final performance at Regional Marching Contest at Skiatook on Tuesday earned them a rating of Excellent.
Other competitions this year included the band’s first-time competition at the Bixby Tournament of Bands as well as the Oologah Stallion Battalion Marching Invitational, where the Cleveland Tiger Pride Band qualified for finals competition and moved up a place to finish 10th overall.
Due to their competition and requisite rehearsal schedule during Fall Break, Cleveland band members were disappointed they were unable to support the Cleveland Tigers by being in attendance to see them win last week’s game against Catoosa.
The band will, however, be present and playing in support of the Tigers at all the remaining games for the season, according to directors Nic Johnson and Keysto Stotz.
The directors said the Cleveland Tiger Pride Band has had a great competitive marching season but are very much looking forward to the coming concert season and the excellent music it entails. In addition to a Concert Band, students also perform in Jazz Band, Jazz Combos and assorted ensembles.
There are rumored to be Community Concerts in the works which would harken back to a time when open-air concerts were the norm on a clear evening and joyfully attended by nearly the whole community. “We are certainly looking forward to the possibility,” Johnson said.
The band members, directors, boosters and families would like to share their sincere thanks for the support and kindness of the people and community of Cleveland.