Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 2, 2013

Sweet sounds to march into PV

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Pauls Valley gets a special visit from the University of Oklahoma marching band just next week. The very next day will bring even more sweet sounds to PV with the return of a high school marching band event.

The OU band is the feature draw on Friday, Oct. 11. Then on Saturday, Oct. 12, it’s the 4th annual Pauls Valley Marching Band Championships.

Various high school bands are again expected to be in PV for a marching contest on the downtown streets and a field competion at the local football stadium.

For Pauls Valley band director Drew Etheredge the event not helps his students but also allows Pauls Valley to showcase the entire community.

“We want to make this into a community event,” Etheredge said.

“The marching contest showcases the downtown area. The field competition showcases our park.

“We look at this as an opportunity to showcase our community. We want it to be something our community can be proud of.

“It’s also a great thing for our students to be kind of hosting other students,” he said adding both students and band parents will be pitching in to help.

“We’ve got to make this a team effort to be successful and make this work.”

Like in the past this event will feature a number of high school bands marching from Burr Center down Chickasaw Street before taking a left turn onto Paul Avenue.

All the marching is scheduled to get underway around 10 a.m. on that Saturday as bands will march down to the 400 block of Paul near the site of the local police department.

Many of the bands will then load up and head to the PV football stadium for a competition on the field there.

“We have around 15 schools set for the event with all different sizes of schools from the south-central region of Oklahoma,” Etheredge said, adding schools can take part in one or both of the marching and field contests.

“The bands will do their marching routine in the parade and then their halftime shows at the football field.”

There will be five judges from around the state watching and scoring each band.

“They’ll be judging bands from music to marching execution.”

One of the judges will also be looking closely at the bands’ drum majors, while another will focus some attention on the percussion.

The local band director is encouraging local residents to check out all of the marching activities that day and support any concession stands that benefit the PV Band Boosters.

Anyone really interested in the event can also get involved by contributing to the cause by donating money to help with the costs of the trophies and judges.

Various sponsorship levels are available as donations can be sent to PV Bands, P.O. Box 780, Pauls Valley, OK 73075.