One skeptical band member asked Doc if he was playing a joke on them. “Oh, no”, he assured, “Sweepstakes is no joking matter.” George West has not earned this honor in almost a decade.
Students from all over the South Zone of Region XIV traveled to Robstown High School on April 1 to compete in the UIL Band Contest.
Judges Dan Aleman, Ben Chasan, and Charles Munsell rated the concert performance with superior scores. The band performed S.S. Eagle March by Bennett, The Willows of Winter by Brooks, and An American Elegy by Ticheli. An American Elegy was written in tribute to the students and teachers who lost their lives in the Columbine shooting of 1999, and includes the Alma Mater of the school.
Featured performers included: Hannah Davis–Flute, Lauren Cordani–Oboe, Hillary Sellman–French Horn, Sara Reagan–Clarinet, Luke Sehlke–Trumpet, and Winston Daniels–French Horn.
Sight reading judges were Bob Howard, Juan Jose Meave, and Albert Salazar. Once again, the George West musicians received only superior scores. This competition is more difficult. Students are given sheet music, and they have a specific amount of time to prepare the selection. Time is divided into two sections, general explanation and summary explanation. During the first period the students “finger” the music. Directors are allowed to give verbal cues or reminders and answer questions for students as they look through the music for seven minutes. The director is allowed to count and direct during the second period of fingering, but cannot play or allow students to tap or perform the music. The band then has one chance to play the new piece with as few mistakes as possible.
Students will now begin work on next year’s marching music, as well as preparing for their spring concert. The band travels to San Antonio in a few days for a showcase performance and their annual awards banquet.
On May 19 they will present their spring concert for the public. Congratulations to the band members, directors, parents, and all those who make their success possible.