Roy Gilbert

Marching to a beat

CHS band

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The Cleburne High School Golden Pride Band was founded in 1935 and has been active ever since. Glide stepping across the grassy football field to the beat, marching band performers take each step with care in straight lines or smooth curves, while playing countless measures of music from memory simultaneously.

Friday nights are a time of football, school spirit and greasy food, but it’s not complete without the marching band.

One step in the wrong direction or the slightest body quiver in between musical movements may cause a slash in points during competition. All Johnson County band directors agree that marching band is hard work, with students putting in many hours to perfect a show seen from the stands for an average of eight minutes.


“In Bloom” is the show this year for the Cleburne High School Golden Pride Marching Band, and Director Jason Jones said it was designed to create the effect of the changing seasons from winter into spring.

They’re performing music from Sergei Prokofiev, Piotr Ilyich Tchiakovsky and David Holsinger to create different moods to depict the change from “snow-covered fields to colorful greens of new growth followed by the explosion of color when flowers are in bloom,” Jones said.

The Golden Pride is different from others in that it’s grounded in a long history of “excellence and outstanding achievement,” he said.“The band was founded in 1935 and has been an active and spirited organization at Cleburne High School ever since,” he said. “Of the first 10 years of […]

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