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SWEEPSTAKES!

Pleasanton, Jourdanton bands hit high notes
LISA LUNA
STAFF WRITER


The Pleasanton Eagle Band 
EAGLEBAND.WEEBLY.COM | COURTESY PHOTO The Pleasanton Eagle Band EAGLEBAND.WEEBLY.COM | COURTESY PHOTO The Pleasanton and Jourdanton school bands each received Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.

For the first time in Pleasanton High School history, three high school bands attended UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest and all three groups received a sweepstakes award.

Each group received a one rating in the concert portion and a one rating in sight-reading. The junior program also received one rating in concert and sight-reading with the Symphonic Band and the Concert Band.

All three directors, Mr. Unger, Mr. Rodriguez and Ms. Van Curan, were extremely proud of all the groups. It was an excellent year for the band program receiving five sweepstakes awards.

The PHS Concert Band (Third High School Band) performed, “Brownies March,” “Soldiers Procession and Sword Dance” and “Storm Mountain Jubilee.”


The Jourdanton Indian Band 
NATHAN FLYNT | COURTESY PHOTO The Jourdanton Indian Band NATHAN FLYNT | COURTESY PHOTO Judge’s comments received were, “Very well rehearsed band,” “Very musical,” and “Excellent characteristic sounds.”

The PHS Symphonic Band (Second High School Band performed “Highlander Regiment,” “Songs of the Whalemen” and “La Madre de Los Gatos.”

Comments from judges included: “This is a good group...,” Band performs artistically . . . .” and, “You play well.”



The PHS Wind Ensemble (HS first group) performed these songs: “Trombone King,” “In the Center Ring” and “Themes from Green Bushes.”

Comments were: “Excellent technique,” “Job well done!” “Wow! What a great band!” and, “Students perform with a mature and characteristic sounds throughout.”

The PJHS Concert Band (Second Band) members performed: “Royal March,” “American Folk Tune Adventure” and “Atlantis.”

The PJHS Symphonic Band (1st Band) performed “March Zuma,” “Joy” and Knights of Dunvegan.”

The judges commented, “Well taught students,” “This is a product of great teaching and great learning,” and “Great job overall.”

The Jourdanton bands have had an amazing year. The High School band attended the UIL Region XI Concert and Sight Reading Contest on Wednesday, April 4 and received first division (superior) ratings from all six of the contest judges and combined with the first division earned in the marching contest earlier this past fall, marks the eighth consecutive time the band has earned the UIL Sweepstakes award.

The concert portion of the contest consisted of “El Gato Salvaje Paso Doble” by Robert Foster, “Procession of the Sardar” by Ippolikov Ivanov and “Greensleeves” by Alfred Reed and was highly praised by the judges who complimented the bands mature sounds, attention to detail and fine teaching.

Jourdanton High School Band Director is Mr. Manuel Romo.

The Jourdanton Junior High Wind Ensemble competed in the Region XI Concert and Sight Reading contest on March 2 playing “Prestissimo by King,” “Voices of the Sky” by Haso and “In The Shining of the Stars” by Sheldon. The Wind Ensemble received a second division (excellent) rating in concert and a first division (superior) rating in sight reading.

The Jourdanton Junior High Symphonic Band competed in the Region XI Concert and Sight Reading contest on April 12 playing “March for a Festive Occasion” by Osterling, “Polly Oliver” by Root and “Westridge Overture by Barnes.” The Symphonic Band received a first division (superior) rating in concert and in sight reading earning them the sweepstakes award.

Director of the Jourdanton Junior High Bands is Mr. Tunde Onibudo.

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