Weather delay doesn’t stop band’s area competition


Stu Mair

The woodwinds and brass form interlocking blocks that slide alongside each other at the UIL area competition in Mesquite.

Sydney Wong, Staff Reporter

Weather put a little damper on the band’s 2015 UIL area tournament but it doesn’t stop them from earning 10th place in the final round of competition. Due to the bad weather, which could have harmed some of the band instruments, the competition had been moved from Saturday to Oct. 26.

After receiving a superior rating of one, in the competition on Saturday, Oct. 17, the marching band qualified for the area tournament.

“Going into the area contest, I felt like we were ready,” junior and trombone player Garrett Martin said.

In the preliminary round of area, the band came in 8th place, and, as a result, they qualified for the final round of the competition.

“We already kind of knew that we would make finals, so we were prepared for that news,” freshman and clarinet player Emily Rippy said.

While the marching band did not qualify to compete in the state competition, many were still pleased with their performance.

“Last night, after we had completed our last run for finals, everyone was extremely joyous,” Martin said on Tuesday. “We all thought we did amazing and everyone in the band thinks we had an amazing season.”

Martin called this season “one of the best years ever”.

“In my eyes, our band has accomplished the most amazing things this year,” Martin said. “Mr. Heuer, Mr. King, and Mr. Lewis are some of the coolest band directors ever, and our program would not be the same at all [without them].”

The competition season for marching band is over, but the band will have much more to come over the course of the rest of the school year.
“We have a few [football] games to march at, and then we’ll be working on concert music,” Rippy said.