Band students from across Atascosa County showcased their talent at the UIL Region XI Marching Contest held Saturday, Oct. 16. The competition took place at Hondo ISD’s Barry Field. This year’s judges were Cory Ash, Richard Herrera and Robert Rubio.
The Jourdanton Indian Band and Charlotte Trojan Band each received a Division 1 (Superior) rating, the highest that can be earned. Both bands will be advancing to the Area competition.
The Pleasanton Eagle Band and Poteet Aggie Band each received a Division
2 (Excellent) rating.
The Jourdanton Indian Band earned a Sweepstakes in marching and the title of their show was “The Strings that Bind Us.” The show is arranged by Manny Maldonado and includes the following songs: “Mad World” from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, “Funeral March of a Marionette” from the mystery TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” Camille Saint-Seans’ “Carnival of the Animals,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 1” and Sia’s “Bird Set Free.”
Drum Majors for the Indian Band are Jazmyne Perez and Lilly Briones. Section Leaders are Andrea Torres, Elizabeth Plascencia, David Garza, Kylie Hoffman, Dakota Iglecias, Sam Hillman, Laila Henrichson, Ronaldo Maldonado, Laynie Bryan and Marivel Guzman.
The JHS Band is under the direction of David Torch, Eryn O’Sullivan and Ryan Moos.
“We compete at Beeville this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Area competition for a spot in the UIL State marching competition,” said Mr. Torch.
“We would like to take a second to thank all the kiddos and band parents for their hard work this whole season. They have been really pushing hard and it shows with all the growth they have made. We would like to thank all the administration, staff, coaches and teachers for their encouragement this whole season. Thank you, this has been truly a special year and we are blessed with everything,” Mr. Torch added.
The Charlotte Trojan Band received straight 1 ratings from all judges, for a first division in marching. (Sweepstakes, he explained, is when the band receivesa1inmarching,a 1 in Concert and in Sightreading as well).
The title of the Trojan Band show was “Reborn” by Luke McMillan. Head Drum Major is Sophia Mata and there are 55 students in the CHS Band, in grades eighth-12th.
“We are eligible for state this year and Area contest will be at Odem High School on Oct. 30,” said CHS Band Director Anthony Castillo.
The CHS Band does not yet know what time they will perform. Joining Castillo is fellow band staff member Manuel Castillo.
Judge Rubio of San Antonio commented, “Good drill design that is appropriate for this level. Good marching fundamentals demonstrated today and great consistency of tone qualities. Congratulations.”
Ash of San Angelo commented, “Great band sounds. Good percussion section and well-balanced throughout. Great to see you today. Really well done today. Appreciate your effort. Congrats!”
Mr. Castillo said he is extremely proud of the students’ hard work.
“It goes to show that we have built a band program which is keeping the tradition alive of being successful at the 2A level,” Mr. Castillo said.
The Pleasanton Eagle Band’s show was titled “Thousand Cranes,” based on the Japanese legend that promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. This show uses that story as its inspiration, explained PHS Band Director Eduardo Solis. Other band staff includes Sarah Yarnell Herrington and Colleen Solis.
There are 123 students comprising the PHS Band.
“We had many good comments from the judges,” said Mr. Solis. “All three judges complimented the band on their great band sounds, excellent posture and instrument carriage throughout the show.”
He added, “Although the rating was not the outcome we had expected, our band maintained their composure and they are looking forward to refining the areas needed for a 1st division performance.”