Commuting to and from his hometown of Alvin to be the band director for the Boling High School Bulldogs Marching Band is something that Alan Edge does on a daily basis. He has been crossing various lines into Wharton for 19 years.
Edge said he does it because he loves his job and enjoys working with Boling ISD music students, who begin playing when they are at Boling Junior High School.
"The ride is really easy,” Edge said, “but the fact that administration, staff, and students are great to work with makes it worth the trip.”
The BHS marching band has been preparing since Aug. 1 when practices began. Edge said the band will be led on the football field by senior Adrianna Otello and sophomore Adriana Garcia, who will share drum major duties.
The football games give the BHS band the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of people on Friday nights. But the band, which has 68 members, is ultimately practicing for the Region 3A Marching Contest in Ganado on Oct. 19.
The band will perform for the first time at halftime of the Bulldogs’ football game at Van Vleck, Friday, Aug. 30. They will have up to nine other football games and countless practices to perfect their performance come October.
Edge said spectators can expect the BHS band to perform several western-themed songs, mixed in with some older tunes for multi-generational audiences. Although there are no plans for a super production, Edge is confident people who enjoy music will be entertained.
Edge will one again work closely with Boling JHS assistant band director Fred Drennan, who has 17 years with Boling ISD.
Drennan actually hired Edge for his position. He went to work for the Boling JHS where his daughter attended. Then he returned to Boling and has been at BJHS ever since.
Edge said out of the 20 students who started as freshmen, 12 are now seniors. Both band classes usually have 60 to 70 participants at the second level, but this year’s count is slightly higher, said Edge, who had directed bands in the past at Angleton and Christian Academy in Pasadena.