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Dragon Band’s Season of “Contact” Comes to a Successful Close

Nov 11, 2016 08:35AM ● By Audrey Sellers

It’s a wrap for the award-winning Carroll Dragon Band. The fall marching competition season came to a successful close on October 29 with the Dragon band’s final performance of its 2016 competition show, “Contact,” at the UIL 6A Area B marching contest at HEB’s Pennington Field.  

Dragon Band qualified to compete at Area by earning straight Division I (Superior) ratings from the judges at the UIL Region 31 marching contest the previous week.

Written and arranged by assistant band director David Walker, “Contact” combined intricate melodies, movement, color, custom audio soundscapes and computer-controlled lighting to tell the story of mankind finally making contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. Inspired by such films as Interstellar2001: A Space Odyssey and its namesake film Contact, the show depicts the people of earth receiving and responding to radio messages from deep space, traversing the eye of the galaxy in search of the source, and finding, in the end, a reflection of ourselves. 

Throughout the show, the powerful sound and precise movement of the band itself is augmented by and framed against the dynamic Carroll Colorguard. The Guard’s flags, rifles, dance and gymnastics bring the story to life with vivid color and artful choreography. 

Although the show marked the Dragon Band’s final performance of “Contact” in its entirety, the band performed an abbreviated version of the show at Dragon Stadium at the final home game of the Carroll Dragons’ regular football season.

Beginning with the Dragons’ first playoff game tonight, the Dragon Band will team up with the Emerald Belles, J.V. Belles, Carroll Varsity and J.V. Cheerleaders, and Crew to present its traditional playoff season halftime-show, “LIDS,” featuring the Dragon percussion section.

The Dragon Band is under the direction of Ken Johnson, with the assistance of directors Jay Bach, David Lown and David Walker.  The Colorguard is directed by Daphne Adkison and James Thomas.