Return to Headlines

Marching Band Hits High Note at Fall Assessment

The Harrison Golden Goblin Marching Band earned the highest possible score from every judge at an Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association regional assessment on Tuesday, October 22, in Rogers.


The Pride of Northwest Arkansas was one of 19 bands who took the field at the event, in which judges scored students against 20 established standards in music performance, marching performance and overall effect. Harrison was the first band of the day to achieve the prestigious first-division ratings from all of the judges.


Led by band director Randy Mealer, Monty Hill and Valerie Hill, the band features 91 students in grades 9-12. Senior Trey Nelson is the drum major.


The showing keeps Harrison in the running for the highly coveted Arkansas Sweepstakes Award, which the ASBOA awards to schools with outstanding marching and concert bands. Tuesday’s assessment was the first leg of the judging for that award; the second is the regional concert assessment that will be held this spring.


The ASBOA divides Arkansas into nine areas and holds regional assessments in each of them every fall and spring. Harrison is located in Region VI, which spans from Mountain Home to the Oklahoma state line.