The La Vernia High School Mighty Bear Band, under the direction of second-year Band Director Patrick Atkins, is just under a week away from wrapping up summer band practice in preparation for this year’s marching season.
Leading the band on the field for the 2016-17 school year will be Head Drum Major Kait Steele and Assistant Drum Majors Bryce Crane and Kyla Barron. Assisting the drum majors in leadership roles will be band captains and section leaders.
Among these key leaders is distinguished musician and percussion section captain Gavin Covey. Atkins noted that Gavin is a remarkable musician who, during the 2016 Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest, a competition that includes nearly 25,000 competitors, earned distinction as an Outstanding Performer.