The OPS competition is sponsored by the Texas Association of Small School Bands to determine the top performance of UIL contest music from the prior school year. The regional round was held in early June in Abernathy, Texas. The band’s march, “March of the Irish Guard” and their concert selection “The Band in the Square on the Fourth of July” were both ranked first and advanced to the area round held at Princeton High School. The top two selections advance from the area round to the state finals which are held at the Texas Bandmasters annual convention in late July.
The march was selected as first in the area round and the concert selection was named second, so both tunes advance to the state finals.
This is a very big honor for our fine young musicians. This degree of excellence is very rarely attained. Only a small percentage of bands make it to the area round. Advancing past area to the state finals is a goal often set but very rarely attained. This group is a great source of pride for their directors, parents, school and community.