As Prosper High School blazes into the 6A conference, the PHS Mighty Eagle Band is also blazing trails never endeavored. Under the direction of Director of Bands John Alstrin, Associate Director of Bands Brad Huneycutt and Assistant Band Directors Michael Huestis and Spencer Smith, the band made school history last year by advancing to the finals of the UIL State Marching Contest for the first time in school’s history. The 2017-2018 school year also marked the first out of state competition for a Prosper ISD school. For this momentous event, Alstrin traveled the group to Indianapolis to compete in the Bands of America (BOA) Grand Nationals Marching Contest where they advanced to semi-finals in their first appearance finishing as the 23rd best band in the nation.
The band is not resting on its laurels though. With a goal of UIL State finals in 6A and BOA Grand National Marching Contest finals in Nov., the band has been busy preparing through weeks of rehearsal beginning well before school started and continuing even now with roughly 8 hours of practice each week.
In preparation for the larger end-of-season goals, the Mighty Eagle Band members and directors are challenging themselves in competitions and coming out victorious in very competitive venues. Their first competition of the year was at the HEB Marching Contest on Sept. 29th, where Prosper took home the trophy for 1st place overall in prelims, 1st place in 6A, Best Overall General Effect, and 3rd overall in the competition. Just one week later, the band endeavored a new competition, the BOA Dallas Regional. For the first time in school history, the Prosper Mighty Eagle Band advanced to finals of a BOA competition. Finishing in the top 10 in prelims, they were set to take the field when the weather stopped the competition. With no end of bad weather in sight, they called the competition placing bands based upon prelims results. Prosper finished 9th overall, only .05 points behind the 7th place band.
The Band’s next competition will be the UIL Region Marching Contest at Plano Clark on October 20th, the band performs at 4:45 pm. Advancing from there, they will face arguably the toughest competition in the state at the UIL Area B Marching Contest on Oct. 27th at Birdville ISD Stadium. This contest will determine which bands advance to UIL State Marching Contest in San Antonio on Nov. 4th and 5th. The band has their eye on that goal and needs to place in the top five or six in order to advance. Fortunately, the band will already be in San Antonio performing at the BOA Super Regional along with 83 other bands on Nov. 3rd, so they hope to extend their stay with a ticket to the UIL State Contest!
The band will finish off their marching contest season with a return to the BOA Grand Nationals Marching Contest from Nov. 8 - 11th in Indianapolis.
This year’s theme is Royal Rising, a proverbial story of Prosper’s “rise” to the “royalty” of the 6A conference. With their beautiful costumes, royal tents, the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and William Walton, and overall presentation, it will be a performance that you will not want to miss.