Area High School Marching Bands Compete in U.I.L Region 22 Marching Competition
POSTED: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 2:52am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:57pm
EL PASO --- Nearly thirty schools competed in the UIL Region 22 Marching Contest on Saturday.
SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY FOR A SLIDE SHOW OF SATURDAY'S MARCH FEST
Some schools came to compete at the Socorro Independent School District's Student Activities Center from as far away as Marfa, Texas.
The competition, which began at 11:00 A.M., rates the school's marching bands on their musicianship, tone, marching technique, the drill of their show, as well as the Color Guard's performance. General effects also add to the scoring.
Schools start preparing for this event as early as mid-July, or two weeks before the start of the school year. Their goal? To aquire a Division I rating. A Division I is a "superior" rating, followed by a Division II -- excellent. Division III is "average," while a Division IV is "below average." A Divison V is "poor."
"These kids are really working hard, they were here every day during intersession," said Henry Vega, the band director at Americas High School. "That's our break, and they were here every day working hard. These are a great bunch of kids that I have this year."
And Saturday's competition, was worth all that work for Americas High School senior Amber Duran.
"[Today's performance] was really nerve wracking, at first, but we got over it. Today was fun," she said, after the school's performance. "I think we did pretty good. We pulled through."
And despite UIL being the contest of the year, these students will still continue to work hard for next Saturday's S.I.S.D's marching competition.
El Dorado High School student Katherine Gonzalez wants others to know that band --especially marching band-- is more than just playing an instrument.
"Marching band is very, very dedicated. You have to dedicate countless hours to it, you have to dedicate yourself to it. If you're not willing to do that, then it's not for you."
The following is a list of the 5A schools in order of their performance and their division ranking.
MONTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 1
AMERICAS HIGH SCHOOL 1
CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL 1
FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL 2
HANKS HIGH SCHOOL 1
SOCORRO HIGH SCHOOL 1
BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL 1
EL DORADO HIGH SCHOOL 1
EASTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 1