History of Mighty Hawk Band Shows

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2015: Scenes From a Lighthouse

2014: Back to You

Drill and Visual Design: Andy Ebert and Byron Valentine

Music Design: Carol Chambers, Hannah Boyle, Chris Lennox

The Mighty Hawk Band told the story of a Mother Bird that was ruthlessly stolen from her nest and egg by an evil character and locked up in a cage.  Giant props and screens dotted the field as the band played music from the "Hunger Games" and by classical and contemporary composers.  The band worked tirelessly to unlock the cage and help the Mother Bird return to her nest just as the egg hatched!  

Season highlights included...

  • Finalist at the Preview of Champions in Mansfield
  • 3rd place in class AAA at Bands of America St. George, UT Regional


Spring highlights included...

Concert Band:

  • Grand Champion at the Sandy Lake Music Festival
  • Superior Rating at the Sandy Lake Music Festival

Symphonic Band:

  • Superior at UIL and the Peak Music Festival

Wind Ensemble:

  • Grand Champion at the Peak Music Festival
  • Superior Rating at the Peak Music Festival
  • Advanced to Area Round of the State Honor Band Contest
  • Selected to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in 2016 in Indianapolis!!

Jazz Ensemble:

  • National Winner of the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence Award
  • Outstanding Band of the Day at Collin County Jazz Festival


2013: Falls

Music by Carol Chambers, Hannah Boyle, and Zach Schlicher

Drill by Andrew Ebert

The show was a play on words; the Mighty Hawk Band used music and visuals to explore every meaning of the word "fall". Movements explored the season of autumn, waterfalls, falling asleep, and falling down. The band even performed music by the rock band FALL Out Boy! Highlights of the season included:

  • Appearances at BOA Austin, Denton, and St. Louis
  • Superior Rating at UIL Region
  • Finalist at UIL Area


2012: If Not Now, When?

Music arranged by Carol Chambers / Drill by Andy Ebert

  • BOA Denton
  • Golden Triangle Marching Festival
  • BOA St. Louis – FINALIST 10th Place
  • Frisco Centennial Marching Contest – GRAND CHAMPION!!

The band took a new approach to shows in 2012, telling a love story.  Heart and question marks were used throughout the design as well as a familiar “love theme” to answer the question – would our characters get together?  The band placed well competitively and won the Frisco Centennial Marching Festival with the highest score in school history!  The band definitely lived up to its goal to be “The Best Birdville Ever” or BBE!


2011: The Way

Music arranged by Carol Chambers / Drill by Andy Ebert

  • USSBA Midlothian
  • BOA Arlington, St. Louis, San Antonio
  • UIL Area
  • UIL 4A State – 11th Place!

Large arrows dotted the field and were used as ramps as the Mighty Hawk band performed a show based on our mantra – “Keeping the Arrow Up.”  After a slow start the band had an amazing finals performance at the Area Contest and earned a trip to the 4A Marching Contest and placed 11th.


2010: Starlight

Music arranged by Carol Chambers / Drill by Andy Ebert

  • USSBA Red Oak Marching Festival
  • BOA Arlington – FINALIST 10th place
  • BOA St. Louis – FINALIST 7th place
  • Duncanville Marching Invitational

 

Giant yellow stars and a moon covered the field as the band played a variety of music (From Smashing Pumpkins to Mozart) that played homage to the stars.  For the first time in history the band placed in finals at a BOA Texas regional and set a new standard for design and programming.  This show was a favorite of fans and judges alike!


2009: Immersion: The Music of Karl Jenkins

Music arranged by Carol Chambers / Drill by Brian Youngblood

  • Carrollton Marching Festival
  • BOA Arlington
  • BOA St. Louis – FINALIST 9th place
  • UIL Area Marching Finalist

The band began their journey in competing at Bands of America Regional’s.  A trip to St, Louis earned them a 9th place finish and a new chapter in the history of the band.  They also placed as an “Alternate” for the UILState Marching Contest.  Although not the result wanted, the band carried themselves with class and poise – and created a new mantra “KEEPING THE ARROW UP!”


2008: “I” Envision: The Music of Radiohead  

Music arranged by Carol Chambers / Drill by Chris Lambrecht

  • Carrollton Marching Festival
  • HEB Marching Contest – Runner Up!
  • Centennial Marching Contest

New Staff.  New show designers.  New philosophy.  New results.  The band placed in finals at every contest attended and “turned some heads” with their fresh approach to marching band.


2007: Music for an Imaginary Ballet

Music arranged by Dwayne Rice / Drill by Phil Clements

  • HEB Marching Festival
  • Aledo Marching Festival
  • Area B UIL Marching Finalist

Very regal and classic music highlighted the musicianship of the band program as they performed Grainger.  This show carried them to an “Alternate” position at the Area B Marching Contest.


2006: Flight  

Music arranged by Dwayne Rice / Drill by Phil Clements

  • HEB Marching Festival
  • Woodlands Marching Festival

Fast and beautiful music portrayed traveling through space as the band competed in Houston for the first time at the Woodlands.


2005: Metamorphosis

Music arranged by Dwayne Rice / Drill by Phil Clements

  • HEB Marching Festival
  • Area B UIL Marching CHAMPIONS
  • Advanced to 4A UILState Marching Contest – 4th Place Finalist
  • Percussion PASIC Performers

“Metamorphosis” is arguably Birdville’s “best ever.”  They performed more challenging music, exciting drill and made a strong push to win the 4A state title.  The band won the 4A Area B contest and placed 4th in finals at UILState.  Since this production, “Metamorphosis” has been the high water mark for the band program.


2004: Stained Glass: The music of David Gillingham

Music arranged by Dwayne Rice / Drill by Phil Clements

  • Participated in HEB Marching Festival
  • GRAND Champion of the North Texas Band Championship

Building off of the 2003 success, this band performed a more contemporary marching show and was perhaps the most precise and “clean” BHS band in history.  They were rewarded by winning the North Texas Band Championship – the first victory in band history!


2003: Pre War Ballets: The music of Igor Stravinsky

Music arranged by Dwayne Rice / Drill by Phil Clements

  • Participated in BOA Arlington, HEB Marching Festival
  • Advanced to 4A UILState Marching Contest – 5th Place Finalist

With this traditional show the Mighty Hawk band again advanced to the UILState Finals.  After prelims the band was ranked second in the state and ended up finishing 5th place and setting a new standard of excellence in class 4A.


2002: Cleopatra – Music arranged by Dwayne Rice

  • Participated in BOA Arlington, Azle Band Night, and HEB Marching Festival

This show brought images of the Middle East during the era of Pharaohs.  Exciting Mellophone lines and giant field drums added extra effect.


2001: New World Symphony

  • Advanced to 4A UILState Marching Contest – 8th Place

2000: Still researching


1999: Music of Aaron Copeland – featuring “The Red Pony”

  • Inaugural Year