Local band students from Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet and Charlotte schools showcased their musical talent, at the Region XI Marching Contest in Hondo. The Oct. 12 event took place at Hondo ISD’s Barry Field.
Both the Pleasanton Eagle Band and Charlotte Trojan Band received a Division I rating, or Superior rating, the highest that can be attained. The Jourdanton Indian Band and Poteet Aggie Band each received a Division II rating, or Excellent rating.
Comprised of 120 band members, the Eagle Band’s show theme this year was “War Dance.” This show was inspired by The Haka, a Maori War Dance originating in New Zealand involving vigorous movements and rhythmic shouting.
Comments from the judges on the band’s performance included, “Nice tones, nice full sounds,” “Really great job on visual aspects of the show” and “Great show! Congratulations to your directors and students for your high standards, great teaching and ensemble performance.”
The Eagle Band received all I ratings from the three judges. The band does not advance to Area this year, as it is a non-advancing year for Pleasanton’s district.
“The Pleasanton Mighty Eagle Band staff is extremely proud of the band’s hard work and dedication in preparing for the UIL marching contest. We are pleased to see our students accomplish their goal of earning a UIL Superior rating this marching season,” said PHS Band Director Eduardo Solis.
The Eagle Band staff includes Sarah Yarnell Herrington and Jonah Bahta.
The Charlotte High School Band includes 50 members, ranging from 8th grade to 12th grade. Their marching band show is entitled “Retrospect” by Luke McMillan. The band received straight ones from all three judges.
Trojan Drum Major Sophia Mata said, “The band came to do what we know how to do. Mr. Castillo and Mr. Romo have taught us well and we came out victorious.”
Trojan Band Director Anthony Castillo said, “These students work hard in everything they do; they know how to work together to achieve the desired goal. They are building a tradition of success around here. Winning takes dedication and hard work. The students are also being their own evaluators. They know what it takes to receive a First division and should excel at it every single time.”
Judge Zachary Sims from Shiner commented, “Lots of great energy in your show today! Some nice moments today; Great dynamic contrast throughout your show. This band has been taught well and knows how to perform with pride!”
Judge Ed Stein from Round Rock said, “Very strong sounds today; Overall great job marching and playing! Good execution of the marching band fundamentals. This band has a lot of energy and obviously takes great pride in performing. You’ve been well taught – Congratulations on your performance!”
Judge Raul Rodriguez from San Antonio commented, “Congrats on a fantastic performance today! Continue to strive in achievement in everything you do! This band knows what it takes to be a First Division Band.”
The Charlotte High School Band will not advance to Area competition because it is a non-advancing year for them. It is the turn of 1A, 3A, 5A classifications to advance to Area and eventually State.
The Charlotte High School Band is now preparing for their Holiday Concert which will be held in early December.
The Jourdanton Indian Band competed on Oct. 12, performing at 3:45 p.m. Their program was titled, “Heaven’s Stairway.”
“The band received a Division II at the contest, and we are extremely proud of the hard work and determination of these kiddos during this year of growth,” said Jourdanton Indian Band Director David Torch.
Indian Band staff includes John De Leon, Eryn O’ Sullivan, Ronald Burton, Nathan Flynt and Marissa Muckleroy.
On Oct. 5, the Jourdanton Band hosted their first ever marching band competition at Jourdanton ISD.
“We would like to thank Pleasanton and Devine for coming and being part of this new tradition. The Indian Band took 3rd place out of several bands in their category for this competition. We are so proud of how the band students helped out that day and really took charge of this event. We also want to thank the band boosters for helping throw this event, and the countless hours they put in,” added Torch.
The final competition the Indian Band will be competing in is the Bands of America Competition on Nov. 1 at the Alamodome. Their performance time is at 9 a.m.
The Poteet Aggie Band’s program was titled, “In the Heights.” Poteet Aggie Band Director is Jose Rodriguez and the band staff includes Roger Muñoz and Anthony Machado.