The Pride of Pryor took Friday off to rest up for an all-day competition in Bixby this past Saturday.
Heading out Saturday morning, they were fearful rain would hinder competition. The rain never materialized in Bixby, and the Pride put on a stellar performance.
The show titled "Gimme 5" featured Beethoven's 5th symphony, Maroon 5's "Moves like Jagger," 5 gold rings, Hungarian Dance no. 5, and Take 5. It’s no wonder the band continues to impress the judges as very few could pull off a music selection of classical, Christmas, rock, and ballet!
The Pride does it with style.
As in Oolagah the week before, the Pride scored in the top 6 in the preliminaries. They took the field at 9:15 Saturday night as the 12th and final band to perform.
The twelve bands to make finals included: Claremore, Morris, Sallisaw, Fort Gibson, Pryor, Wagoner, Oologah, Miami, Guthrie, Grove, McAlester, and Perry. The judges rated each on music performance, visual performance, and general effect. The top four bands had a total point difference of 3.85. The competition was tight!
In Oolagah, Pryor fell to Claremore and Grove. At Bixby, Claremore scored a total of 60.35 and placed 11th. Grove scored a total of 65.55 and placed 6th. Fort Gibson took 1st place with 74.6 points, Guthrie 2nd place with 74.2 points, McAlester was 3rd with 72.55, and Pryor came in 4th with a total of 70.85 points.
This Saturday, The Pride of Pryor hosts Pryor Band Day. The competition starts at 8 am and is open to the public for a nominal gate admission.
Pryor Band Day is one of the longest-running marching competitions in the state of Oklahoma and is also the primary fundraiser for the Band Boosters.
Head out to Tiger Stadium and watch a few of the performances. Pryor will perform their show at 3:45.
Pryor’s next competition will be at the Oklahoma Bandmaster Association Contest in Mustang, OK, on October 26th.