The Woodward News


June 1, 2012

Snow directing band for third year

Woodward, Okla. — Drums pounding and horns blazing, many may hear the tri-state's "best and brightest" band students practicing at the high school this week in preparation for Classic Bowl XIV.

Around 200 students from across the region gathered at Woodward High School Wednesday with instruments in hand to begin learning several routines.

The students are led this year by Dr. Bradley Snow, University of Missouri band director.  Snow is helping the students prepare to march in Saturday's parade on Main Street and to take the field for a halftime performance during Saturday night's Classic Bowl football game.

This is the 3rd year for Snow to direct the Classic Bowl band.

He said he keeps returning because, while it's a lot of work, it's also fun to see the progress students are able to make in a short amount of time.

"I think they feel overwhelmed when they first get here. It's a lot to get done in such a short amount of time," he said. "But the evolution of them understanding they can get it done, that's the neatest thing for me."

Snow said it is refreshing to see everyone working toward a common goal and accomplishing things they were skeptical about in the beginning.

In addition, the band director said they took a survey and found there were several students who do not get the chance to be in a marching band at their high school.

"This is something they wouldn't normally get in their high school," he said. "This gives them a chance to participate in a much larger band than most of them are probably used to participating in."

Snow said he also enjoys speaking with the students about opportunities to continue playing music after high school.

"We talk about the importance of continuing their musical experience beyond high school and try to motivate them to participate in college for those who are planning to take that path," he said.

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