52nd Annual SENMMEA Marching Festival
On Tuesday October 6, the Greyhound Sound Marching Band (GSMB) attended the 52nd Annual Southeast New Mexico Music Educators Association (SENMMEA) District Marching Festival in Artesia.
The District Marching Festival is the biggest recruiting event for the GSMB since many high school bands compete during the event.
“The GSMB has been performing in exhibition at the district marching festival since 2003,” according to ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert. Seifert also serves as the executive secretary for the Southeast New Mexico Music Association.
“I am responsible for contracting the adjudicators, providing comments sheets, ensuring we have proper awards for the festival and making sure the festival runs smoothly,” Seifert said.
This year there were eight high school bands competing from Southeastern New Mexico.
GSMB members had the chance to watch five out of the eight bands perform.
In between performances, members of the GSMB spoke with high school students about marching for ENMU.
The marching festival is the only chance that the GSMB had to speak to high school students one-on-one.
“It was such an amazing feeling getting to see my old high school band,” said Lory Munoz, freshman and first-time GSMB representative.
According to Munoz, her biggest worry when leaving Carlsbad High School’s marching band to join the GSMB was fear that there would be a decline in enthusiasm and dedication in the band program.
Munoz said her fear did not come true and that she is proud of the home-town band kids for their hard work and dedication in the band program.
After talking with students and watching them perform, the GSMB prepared to perform at the festival as the showcase band.
Members of the GSMB demonstrated what it would be like to march for ENMU with their Stevie Wonder halftime show.