Band earns highest ranking in marching contests

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Band earns highest ranking in marching contests

Mark Parker

Mark Parker

Mark Parker

Judith Moreno, Reporter

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The Indian marching band recently performed at the Seymour Marching Festival and the UIL Region Marching Band competition in Mineral Wells.

The band received a superior division one rating at both contests.

“The Seymour Marching Festival acted as a practice run through for the band and I think the band did really well during their performance,” band director Brad Roberts said. “The judges gave us a one and also commented on what portions of the show needed work which is beneficial to the band going into the UIL contest at Mineral Wells.”

The woodwind section also received the Outstanding Woodwind Section of The Day award at the Seymour Marching Festival.

The band celebrated their success at Seymour, but with one week till UIL contest in Mineral Wells, it was right back to practice. 

“Throughout the season there were some roadblocks that caused us to have the make some adjustments,” Roberts said. “There were a few football games where rain permitted us from performing at halftime. The week of competition , we had rain that kept us from going outside all but one day, but we continued rehearsal in the gym right next to the band hall.”

The lack of outdoor practice time did not affect the band, as they came out on top at the UIL contest as well and celebrated  back-to-back superior ratings. 

“The progress the band has made from the summer rehearsals has been tremendous and our overall performance has improved,” senior lead trumpet and section leader Juan Marquez said. “Marching onto the field at Seymour and Mineral Wells, we were not nervous or even intimidated by the other bands because we knew what we came to do.”

The victory at Mineral Wells will also open up many opportunities for the band during their spring contest season.

“Our success at Mineral Wells makes us eligible for a Sweepstakes Award if we receive a division one rating in concert and sight reading during the spring. We will also be eligible for the area marching contest if we receive another division one next marching season,” senior trombone and low brass section leader Macey Keele said. “It’s very exciting to be off to such a great start during my senior year and I hope we continue to excel during the spring season.”