Pine Tree band embraces new fashion at area marching contest | Native Information

Ariel Sanchez, a graduate of Pine Tree High School, paints like a calavera – or skull – and wears a delicate blue hat

Pine Tree was one of 25 schools that entered the competition on Tuesday.

The event on Tuesday was the first UIL marching competition of the season. Pine Tree and Spring Hill High School, which also participated, received a “1,” which means they will advance to the area competition. From there only four schools are selected to advance to the state competition.

The theme for Pine Trees Performance was Dia de los Muertos – or Day of the Dead. Large posters with decorative calaveras were placed along the pitch to support the band’s performance, as well as a stage adorned with flags and an ornate image of a girl in a traditional Mexican dress and blue hat.

This is Pine Tree’s second full year as a corps-style band, previously practicing military style.

The style of the corps is identified by its focus on percussion, with props and theatrical performances often accompanied. Military and traditional styles can also be used by marching bands, with the military being popular in the south, said Mark Perry, director of the Pine Tree Band.

“Whether in the military or in the corps, it’s hard to do well,” said Perry.

Many of the bands that entered the competition on Tuesday were military style.

Perry stated that the decision to perform as a Corps band resulted from the need to be more competitive at the area level where most other bands will be using the same style.

“I have the greatest respect for military bands and what they do – tradition is important,” he said. “At the same time, I want my children to know what 95% of the country are doing.”

According to Perry, most marching bands across the country practice the corps style.

“I also wanted to give my children something new that they can bite into and get excited about beyond marches,” he said. “Many military bands push the limits of what is considered to be the military. I would just say that the musical repertoire we can play when you’re in a corps band has more choices. “

Perry said the band started working on a theme for Tuesday’s performance last November.

“Planning for a march show really starts a year ago,” he said.

Perry added that Deputy Band Director and Color Guard Director Jared Cronk was the “Master Visualizer” for Tuesday’s performance and designed all of the costumes worn by Color Guard members.

“March shows are supposed to be so exciting … so how do you make a ‘down’ ending with such a finality?” Perry said about the ending that Sanchez showed off in her makeup and hat.

“(Cronk) that was his plan to do all of that,” he said. “We all know someone who has passed away,” symbolized the last picture of the performance.

Cornwall, residence of the G-7 summit, embraces push to renewable power

This year’s G-7 Summit takes place in the county of Cornwall, a part of south west England known for its stunning coastline, historic fishing villages and natural beauty.

Not only is Cornwall a popular tourist destination – the county’s beaches are full of vacationers in the summer – it is also becoming a hub for companies working on renewable energy and innovation projects.

A number of these developments have made significant strides this week. On Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson installed the first solar panels in what has been dubbed the UK’s “first utility-scale energy farm”.

According to energy company ScottishPower, a subsidiary of Spain’s Spain Iberdrola, 10,000 panels will be installed at the site. The 10-megawatt solar park will complement a 20-MW wind park that is already in operation and a 1-MW battery storage system.

ScottishPower said the energy farm at Carland Cross – which is just a short drive from Carbis Bay, a small coastal town believed to be the epicenter of the G-7 talks – would be able to generate enough energy “to do that The equivalent of 15,000 households. “

While Johnson is keen to be seen as a renewable energy advocate and a priority for sustainability, the fact that he flew to Cornwall instead of using an alternative form of transportation has received harsh criticism from some quarters.

In a response to his critics, widely reported in the UK media, Johnson was quoted as saying, “If you attack my arrival by plane, I respectfully point out that Britain is indeed a leader in developing sustainable aviation fuel and one of the points in the 10-point plan for our green industrial revolution is to achieve ‘Jet Zero’. “

In addition to wind and solar projects, Cornwall is also home to a fledgling geothermal sector. A company called Geothermal Engineering Limited is working on a number of projects including a geothermal swimming pool in the town of Penzance.

The company is also developing the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project near the town of Redruth.

The United Downs project, which is focused on the construction of a geothermal power plant, has been developed over the years and focuses on two wells, 5,275 and 2,393 meters (17,306 and 7,851 feet) deep, respectively.

On Monday, a company called Cornish Lithium announced that it had successfully built a geothermal water test site in United Downs. The company’s goal is to test direct lithium extraction technologies in shallow and deep geothermal waters.

In a statement released with the announcement, Jeremy Wrathall, CEO of Cornish Lithium, said that his company’s testing ground in United Downs gave him “an opportunity to demonstrate what modern, low-carbon mineral extraction looks like”. The results, he added, would “feed into the development of a larger pilot plant”.

As electric car sales rise and the world’s hunger for technology grows, materials like lithium will be important in the years to come, a point Cornish Lithium highlights on its website.

“As vital components of electric vehicle batteries and energy storage,” it says, “the potential for metals such as lithium, tin and cobalt to be extracted in Cornwall could be a significant strategic advantage for the UK.”

While Cornwall is home to a number of land energy projects, the nearby waters also offer room for development.

For example, in April it was announced that a research project focused on the potential of tidal, wave and suspended wind technology had secured support from Marine-i, a program that focuses on innovation in areas such as ocean energy.

The project is based on the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off the Cornish coast, and is led by Isles of Scilly Community Venture, Planet A Energy and Waves4Power.

According to Marine-i, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the overall objective of the Isles of Scilly project is to “build a new database of data on wave and tidal resources”.

This data will contain information about a number of metrics, including wave height, wind speed, and tidal current speeds.