Friday night, November 3rd, was Pascagoula High School Panthers’ final home game as they hosted the Hancock High Hawks. The theme was designated “Senior Night” for football athletes and cheerleaders. The pregame celebrations were beautiful and etched in Pascagoula’s memories.
But, at halftime, it was ALL about that BAND!
For nearly 15-minutes of Halftime showcase festivities, the PHS Panther Pride Band served as Host and “backup band” for more than 200 additional up-and-coming Band students from Trent Lott Academy and Colmer Middle School.
The entire group of band and color guard students ranging from 5th Graders to Seniors played several favorite “stands tunes” as we refer to them, and wowed the Home crowd with the huge sound of hundreds of horns, winds, and percussionists. PHS Drum Major Jordy Herndon directed his small army of band mates with passion and energy as this would be his final Friday Night Halftime assignment.
Director of Bands John Taylor and Assistant Director Zachary Rose, walked the gridiron coaching and inspiring the Academy and Middle School students to give it their best as they wowed all the mamas, daddies, grandparents, and extended family and friends who attended … just for the Halftime showcase. Assisting with the production were band directors, Taylor Pierson, Casey Caviness, and Color Guard Instructor Sharon Adcock.
Third Quarter “Mingle” was filled with hearty helpings of pizza, light snacks, and chilled bottled waters as PHS Panther Pride Band and Hancock High Hawks Band members enjoyed meeting-and-greeting each other in the South perimeter of the stadium grounds.
We applaud ALL our amazing Band Parent Association volunteers and supporters who make the Pascagoula Band programs work flawlessly for these hundreds of gifted and talented students. The PHS Band Parent Association specifically works tirelessly throughout the year to organize fundraisers, rally volunteer support, schedule workers for the many fundraising events and community service events, and offers high energy mentoring and encouragement to all band students.
With 5:00 minutes to go until 4th Quarter, as is local band tradition, both bands retreated to their respective bandstands to showcase their favorite tunes for their fans as each team battled out the competition to the final buzzer. And, this particular matchup was a nail-biter down to the final few seconds!!
All in all, a tremendously entertaining night for everyone! And though the scoreboard did not favor the Mighty Panthers on this glorious evening, we all still prepare for next season’s favorite Friday Night pastime in the deep South — high school football with those super talented band and color guard musicians!
For more information about Panther Pride Band programs, please contact Mr. John Taylor at (228) 938-6460. Or you can search the PHS Panther Pride Band on Facebook for a timeline of activities, photos, and favorite memories as these talented students develop into tomorrow’s great leaders!