Prosper High, Rock Hill end band seasons with awards, accolades

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press

Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School marching bands had excellent seasons this year, including each school’s program placing in finals in marching band competitions.  Moreover, students in each band were able to learn the music, marches, game-time sets, as well as the drill team learning the dances, all within three months while taking high school classes.   

Superintendent Holly Ferguson congratulated each band. 

Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.

“I am always proud of the extraordinary talent and performance by the PHS and RHHS band programs,” Ferguson said.  “The hard work, dedication, and commitment by our Directors and students is evident in every performance.   Their Superior ratings at the UIL Regional competition demonstrated their exemplary level of excellence.” 

Because of COVID-related restrictions last year, this is the first year Rock Hill High School band has been able to perform and compete. 

Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.
Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.

“We knew that the Bands of America Regional Championship in Waco was extremely competitive,” Rock Hill Band Director Nathaniel Neugent said.  “On Saturday, October 30th, we were up against some of the best UIL 5A bands in the state.  After a fabulous performance, Rock Hill Band placed 7th in Prelims, advanced to finals, and were awarded third place in BOA Class 4A.  This is huge for a first year competitive program.  The season ended with a great run and finished in style.”   

Prosper High School Director of Bands Brandon Holt is also so proud of the accomplishments of both high school bands. 

Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.
Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.
Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.

“It is not any secret that a student being in Fine Arts is good for the soul, socially, but also academically,” Holt said.  “Science has proven that being in a Fine Art program helps students’ brains build pathways in the brain and help students learn math, english, history, etc.  One of the benefits of being in marching band is that you also get the physical benefit of learning to march on the field.”  

Other important lessons Holt said students learn include how to manage time, assignments and priorities.

“Our work schedule and practice schedule is pretty intensive," Holt said. "We are only able to rehearse eight hours after school a week, but we use up every bit of that time for rehearsal during marching season.  However, we know that school is not about extracurriculars, so we make sure that we have tutors available for the students as well so that they are learning and passing their classes.  It is a constant balancing act, and that is a skill that all of us, even adults, need to learn and use.”   

Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.
Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.

“Everything about the band is about a group of individuals working to achieve a common goal,” Holt said.  “In order for a marching band performance, it is not an individual effort.  The collective whole is the definition of a band.  When each individual gets better the collective gets better.  A rising tide lifts all boats, and when we all keep working together, we all get better.  I have taught 17 years, and I am still amazed at what these kids can achieve in a short period of time.  Especially when you consider that we were not able to compete in marching band last year, we really had two freshman classes this year.  And all of these kids did amazing.”

Both high schools have received support from parents of band students and the community. 

Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.
Prosper High School and Rock Hill High School ended the marching band seasons with high scores across the boards.