Durant Independent School District

Durant High School

Band

The award-winning Pride of Durant

The Pride of Durant

The Durant High School Band is known throughout the state as one of the best bands in Oklahoma. They strive for excellence every year. For four years in a row the band has received the OSSAA Sweepstakes Award. They have also accomplished a goal that has never been accomplished in the history of high school bands. The Pride of Durant has received straight one's at the OSSAA West Regional Marching Competition every year for the past 15 years. No other high school band has been awarded with this wonderful recognition. They must go through many long practices to get the marching and concert shows perfected. "Great bands don't have great practices, great practices make great bands."

The band programs is actually comprised of several different bands:

Marching Band
The marching band is made up of all band members. They compete in various competitions and festivals, perform at football games, and periodically get invited to national band events.
Jazz Band
The jazz band is made up of any DHS band members who want to experience playing jazz music. They compete in the State Jazz competition each April.
Basketball Band
The basketball band is made up of volunteer DHS band members who want to perform during home basketball games.

Band Leadership

Chris Gregg
Band Director   e-mail
Band Council
Elected student positions of student band leadership including drum majors, uniform officers, librarians, and council members
Band Boosters
Band parents who support and raise money for the band activities, equipment, and uniforms

DHS Marching Band


Band Schedule

The first of the school year begins their training for the OSSAA West Regional Marching Competition. They start about 2 weeks before school starts to teach the incoming freshmen how to march. After school has started, the band switches to 7:30 morning practices and go early until after the state competition. They get a few short weeks until they're right back in the seat to get ready for the upcoming concerts and the State Concert and Sight Reading competition in the spring.

OSSAA

The Durant High School band program competes according to the rules of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. For more information about the OSSAA, refer to the following link:

OSSAA
Rules, regulations, and information regarding school competitive activities in the state of Oklahoma