They arrived at the A.C. Jones High School band hall at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to dress for the Western Week parade, then marched in that popular annual community event which started at 10:30.
Afterward, the band returned to the band hall to practice for about an hour before loading the bus and taking off for Alice at 1:30 p.m.
Once they got there, they reported to the warm-up room, then performed in the UIL Region Marching Contest at 3:45. The Trojan Band earned a First Division, or Superior, rating from the UIL judges, which was announced about 5 o’clock.
After that, the band loaded back on the bus and headed to Corpus Christi for the Trojans’ game vs. Miller at Buccaneer Stadium with a 7 p.m. (30 minutes earlier than usual) kickoff.
“We got there in time to play the school song, then we marched at halftime and got home around 12 o’clock midnight, totally exhausted,” said Jaime Vela, band director.
He could not recall a day in the life of the JHS band quite this rigorous, although they have marched in the Western Week parade before UIL regional contest before.
This Saturday the Trojan band will travel to Area UIL Marching Contest in Calallen to earn the right to qualify for state, Vela said. Competing against 25 other 4A high school bands from San Antonio to the Valley, the Trojans hope to be selected as one of five bands to advance to the UIL State competition in the Alamodome.
Vela said he was extremely proud of the young men and women in the band. “The community, staff at the BISD and the parents of the band students have always been supportive of me and Mr. (Chuck) Knowlton. I want to thank them for their continued, unwavering support.”
Good luck Saturday in Calallen, Trojan band. You make us proud.
You also make us tired just thinking about your busy schedule. Many of us could not carry a tuba or drums for one block, let alone march in three performances in one day.