GHS Marching Band
The Grenada High School Marching Band has accrued the benchmark of obtaining 74 Grand Championship or Best in Class awards in eight states. Every year, the band learns and performs a new, exciting marching production for the community at each home football game, as well as many away games. This show is also used to compete with other bands from both Mississippi and the Southeast United States region.
The band was also the featured NBC band at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1995, returned to the Macy’s Parade in 2001, marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1998, and received the Governor’s Grand Marshall Best High School Band Award for the 1995 Inaugural Parade. The Band has received widespread media coverage for their accomplishments, including a front page spread in the Memphis newspaper, The Commercial Appeal. The band has also earned 13th and 14th places nationally at Bands of America competition in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Pontiac, Michigan.
If I Only Had a Heart
The Grenada Marching Band’s 2022 halftime show, “If I Only Had a Heart,” imagines what takes place in Oz after the Wicked Witch’s demise and Dorothy has gone back to Kansas.
In this new imagining of the classic book and film, Scarecrow, with his newly acquired brain, has been crowned the leader of Oz. The show’s introductory movement is a festive portrayal of the new leader’s ascendance to power, though things quickly go awry.
In the second movement, Scarecrow is corrupted by his newfound power and becomes a tyrannical leader. Color quickly drains out of the stage space. The horn line becomes a little more down-trodden. The music takes a minor turn instead of a happy, major turn.
The third movement presents an intriguing medley of two well-known songs — the more somber, Sara Bareilles arrangement of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “If I Only Had a Brain” from the film The Wizard of Oz.
The Tin Man character, who has retreated to the woods, has heard that all is not well in Oz and returns to share his new heart with Scarecrow. The message is this — compassion and humanity are also required of a strong, intelligent leader.