TUESDAY, DECEMBER, 28, 1964 (AKK.) COUKIKK NEWS PAGE FIVE BHS Band in Another Successful Season 146 Students In Program Now What Public Usually Sees is Group At Its Poorest For years busy piling one accolade on top of another, Blytheville High School's band has done it again. Recently the band has been named by a national committee of college and high school band directors for. presentation in the national band yearbook, "First Chair of America." But this is only one of the morf recent honors of the 85-piece Blytheville High School marching band, which most folks see only at a few Friday night football games, but which constitutes a hard-working crew practically the year around. Blytheville's band program, like the remainder of curricular and ex- _.^ tralciirricular activities at Blythe- j j vil!e High School, has been grow- j . ing by leaps and bounds. And Band Director Robert Lips- , comb thinks the most people see UK- band when it is at its worst—at those Friday night football games. THIS, NO DOUBT, comes as a surprise to many, who long have appreciated the halftime shows, a different one for each game. But, Mr. Lipscomb points out, the band has only about four or five hours practice time in which to work out those routines. Ordinarily, he would take ten or more hours, but he must do it in half that. But in case you'd like to hear what some other bandsmen think of Lipscomb's Legions, here's a sampling taken from judges' reports: COL. C. K. BUTLER. University of Alabama—I like this band even before they play (because of their splendid and disciplined appearance.) It is a good playing band with a fine attitude. James Neilson, University of Oklahoma—A good marching band, rapidly becoming one of the outstanding bands in the Southwest. Pat Arsers, Texas — Very smart appearance and excellent performance. These men have judged the Bh- theville band at state and district band festivals and their opinions, together with dozens like them, have been responsible for the con- sistant top ratings the band hai received at these showings. Nearly 150 students are studying band under Mr. Lipscomb. The public usually only sees the 85 in the marching band. REMAINDER IS MADE up of beginners and intermediates who next year or the next will move up into the spots vacated by the usual 25 graduates. Parades, special programs, solo and ensemble events at the festivals, clinics and other festivals comprise the activities of the group in addition to their regular fall football program. In addition to supervising this work, Mr. Lipscomb busies himself selling the band to prospective members and, in some cases, those already in the band. MANY OF HIS GRADUATES are offered band scholarships. Some have gone to Southern Methodist University. University of Arizona, Memphis State, Hendrix, Arkansas Teachers and Arkansas State with band scholarships helping. In many cases, the scholarship is of only nominal monetary value, but students usually treasure them as indicative of superior ability. In addition to this active program during the school year, many students study band during the • two-month band program held each year. It runs five days a week, with classes from 9 to 12 each morning. All told, this effort goes into the smart, well trained unit pictured on this page. n; FRENCH AND ALTO HORNS Band Director Llpscomk FLUTES SAXOPHONE!
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