Band students from Pleasanton, Jourdanton and Charlotte schools each returned from the UIL Region 11 Marching Contest receiving the highest ratings from judges- all straight 1s.
There was a change this year, with the competition taking place at D.W. Rutledge Stadium in Converse on Nov. 14.
Pleasanton Eagle Band
The Pleasanton Eagle Band’s show featured songs from The Beatles: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Blackbird,” “Yesterday” and “Day Tripper.”
Comments received from the judges included, “Very nice tone quality from all sections,” and, “Congratulations on a solid performance.”
“This is our year to go on so we’re advancing to Area on Dec. 5 at Calallen High School,” said band director Eduardo Solis.
Jourdanton Indian Band
The Jourdanton Indian Band’s show this year was “Nevermore.” Songs included: “Twisted Nerve,” “Cello Concerto in B Minor,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Bad Guy” and “Dies Irae.”
This year’s Indian Band Drum Majors are: Allexus Lopez, and Annalise Craig; Soloists: Nani Beltran and Chris Bray; Narrator: Rene Ortiz. Officers are: Nani Beltran, Myli Beltran, David Garza, Lily Briones, Kylie Hoffman, Chris Bray, Jazmyne Lopez, Marivel Guzman, Payton Phillips, Gabby Padilla and Kara Saramiento.
Jourdanton High School seniors are: Jules Durham, Myli Beltran, Allexus Lopez, Annalise Craig, Kimberly Flores, Payton Phillips and Chris Bray.
“We are truly proud of what the kids have done this year. Especially with all the obstacles that were put in front of them this year,” said band director David Torch. “We are always talking about pushing yourself to be the best you can be because when you leave JHS there is a big world out there and someone is always going to be pushing to do better than you. So always work hard and accept the good and the bad, because it is those things that make you who you are. Because there is no such thing as CAN’T.”
The JHS band advances to Area in December.
Charlotte Trojan Band
The Charlotte High School Band, under the field direction of junior Sophia Mata, also competed at UIL Region 11 Marching Contest in Converse. The music this year for Charlotte High School Band is “Rise of the Phoenix” by Luke McMillan. All three judges rated the band a Division 1.
Charlie Munsell of San Antonio commented that, “There are great fundamentals throughout the band. Musicianship is very good, all parts are heard and consistency of balancing and blending is heard very well. Great show and music!”
Charles Aguillon from Austin comments that, “The band makes beautiful sounds.” He thanks the band for being very detailed in marching and playing. “The band plays extremely well together. Sharp marching today! This band is well taught and it is apparent!”
John Rauschuber from Buda states that, “The marching is solid from the group. Continue polishing and working on musical phrasing as you prepare for Area contest; you will do fantastic! Great job today in performing during the circumstances, adhering and being successful! This band is taught very well.”
Next stop for the Charlotte High School Band is at Area on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Calallen ISD in Corpus Christi. Wish them luck! The directors of the Charlotte High School band are Mr. Anthony Castillo and Mr. Manuel Romo.