The Pine Tree High School Band recently competed at the UIL Region IV Marching Contest  in Mt. Pleasant, and received straight first division (Superior) ratings from all 3 judges. Despite being asked to step in and march early due to a power outage, the band rose to the occasion and performed a very difficult, crowd-pleasing drill.  Judge Charles Trayler, from West Texas, commented, “Indeed, it was my pleasure [to watch].  Would you please consider doing it again?”
The Pine Tree band is gaining some attention this year due to a unique style.  The music selections were of a more classical nature, featuring the work of Gustav Holst. The use of colorguard, majorettes, and a feature twirler added visual interest to the fine work of the band.  Mark Melton, Director of Fine Arts at Pine Tree ISD, says the marching style is, “a blending of traditional military style with some of the best elements of corps style.”  Judge Ross Grant commented that the show was, ”a really interesting and challenging blend of 6 to 5 marching with a very hard, non-traditional march.”  Dr. Grant also wrote a large BRAVO! on the comment sheet. Melton, who is in his 32nd year of teaching, believes that the band should remain true to its tradition of excellence, yet continue to be innovative in order to be competitive at the State level.  “Above all,” Melton continues, “our primary responsibility as a band will continue to be to entertain our Friday night fans.”