Earth Day Tribute to the Native Americans

By: www.thevindicator.com

Kountze High School’s Kings’Regiment Band performed a Tribute to Native Americans at its Spring concert on Earth Day, April 22.  The KHS Band performed Mazama Pawnee Attack (Legend of the Pacific Northwest) by Chattawa. The song incorporated ancient Indian legends into a programmatic piece depicting events of the time of the Mazama.  Most of the tribe vanished when this volcanic mountain erupted and formed what is now known as Crater Lake.

Following the tribute was a performance by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas dancers. The Alabama-Coushatta are a federally recognized tribe whose reservation, established in 1854, is located between Livingston and Woodville.

The concert was sponsored by South Hampton Resources, Inc. The event complements the educational goals of the Big Thicket Association and its 50th Anniversary Celebration.  It was supported by the Big Thicket National Preserve.  Park Ranger Mary Kay Manning attended the concert as a representative of the Preserve.

The Kings’ Regiment Band is an award winning Sweepstakes Band.  In addition, 14 students were named to the ATSSB All Region Band.  Three students, Connie Cormier, Kade Shawver and Megan West, advanced to the All-State Band. The KISD Directors are Bobbie Fife and Brad Long.  The excellent performance by the band sincerely honored our own Native Americans of Southeast Texas and was a most appropriate Earth Day tribute.