Jaime Vela will lead the high school band while Chuck Knowlton, who held the position last year, will head all the middle school band activity at Moreno Middle School.
“I want to continue to bring honor and respect to A.C. Jones and to the city of Beeville,” Vela said. “I have been a part of this community for about 10 years and I intend for the music programs (band, mariachi and classical guitar) to foster a stronger sense of culture and service.
“We have very talented music students in Beeville. I invite the community to stay for halftime at the Friday night football games. The band will be sweating in the heat, memorizing music and marching, and rehearsing for hours to make it an entertaining experience.”
Also on board this year is Jose Villarreal, who comes from Pecos, to lead the percussion training in the band.
Despite the air conditioning of the rooms, the percussion students looked tired this week as they repeated similar beats over and over until their instructors were happy.
Daniel Senties, a music education major at Texas State University and former Beeville resident, said, “They are doing all right. We just have to let the sticks work for us.”
His students that morning seemed eager to perfect their beats and are used to the hard work.
“My dad played drums and I always found music as an outlet,” said Rene Guerrero, a junior at Jones High.
Jonathan Solis, a senior, started in sixth grade.
“Back in the fifth grade I heard them playing and I liked it,” he said. He joined the band that next year.
Vela said that the marching band concept show this year will be “Elements.”
The three songs will give musical expression to land, air and water.
Also starting their practice were members of the award-winning color guard “Genesis.”
Stephanie Longoria was busy in the band hall teaching the team their routines and making sure all were in sync as their white flags spun in the air.