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Big Blue Band from Longhorn land scores big at UIL marching contest
by Pam Sehlke
Oct 22, 2008 | 2697 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The GWHS band earned straight ones from all judges at UIL marching contest in Robstown this weekend.   Senior band students are left to right:  Kim Franklin, Vivi Lopez, Winston Daniels and Jessica Gassaway (not pictured is senior, Robby Barta). The GWHS band earned straight ones from all judges at UIL marching contest in Robstown this weekend.
The GWHS band earned straight ones from all judges at UIL marching contest in Robstown this weekend. Senior band students are left to right:  Kim Franklin, Vivi Lopez, Winston Daniels and Jessica Gassaway (not pictured is senior, Robby Barta). The GWHS band earned straight ones from all judges at UIL marching contest in Robstown this weekend.
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History was made at Cottonpicker Stadium on Oct. 18. Over 40 fans traveled south from George West to support the Longhorn Band at the Region 14 UIL Marching Contest. No one in the group of well wishers could remember seeing such a large crowd at a band competition. Parents, grandparents, administrators, former band members and friends cheered as the students marched onto the field. Their Earth, Wind, and Fire theme show was executed with precision and finesse, much to the delight of all those present, not just the George West entourage. Their trip was well worth the time and effort as the band earned straight ones from all judges.

Hours of hard work made the success of the band possible. Boot camp began in August, not only for the football team, but also for the band. While the gridiron stars were practicing on one field, the stars of the halftime performance were sweating it out on another. After learning the marching movements, the band transitioned to sectional practices to perfect the musical score. One school administrator was unaware of how physical the practices actually were, and expressed a new sense of respect for the band. Many long hours were spent after a full day of classes preparing for the UIL event, along with participation in practice competitions. On Oct. 4, the band traveled to Fredericksburg for a pre-UIL contest. They placed third in class AA, while receiving straight ones from the judges there. Robstown also hosted a pre-UIL contest on Oct. 11. Judges at that competition gave the band an overall score of two. “Doc” and his musicians quickly took the critiquing from the judges that day to heart, practicing long and hard to refine their show into the award winning performance of Saturday.

After awards and ratings were announced, Doc expressed his pleasure with the students. He knew they could pull if off, and stated that he was very happy with their performance slot and the support from fans. His hope is that they can build on the outcome of this contest. As happy as the band members were, it was a bittersweet time for six seniors: Winston Daniels, Viviana Lopez, Robby Barta, Colton Warren, Jessica Gassaway, and Kim Franklin. The event marked their last marching competition since this is not an advancing year for the bands that score ones. They still have their Friday night performances to look forward to, and if Saturday is any sign of things to come, concert season should be just as productive for the Big Blue Band from Longhorn land!
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