The Fredericksburg High School band, “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country”, received a first division rating from every judge at the UIL Region 29 Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Farris Stadium in San Antonio.
The band will be advancing to the Area D Contest on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.
Harper High School competed in the 3A division and received a superior, first division rating, but will not be continuing to area as this is not an advancing year for the band (band’s get an opportunity to advance to state every other year.)
Fredericksburg Independent School District Director of Fine Arts John Rauschuber was happy with the results.
“I am so pleased with the band’s performance on Saturday,” Rauschuber said. “We still have quite a bit to polish before area but the band is making such great strides each week. I cannot wait to see and hear what the band can accomplish at the Area D contest.”
Comments from judges at Saturday’s competition included:
• Chuck Young, director of bands at Gregory Portland High School:
“Excellent band sounds, and super brass and woodwind tone,” Young said. “Great balance and blend throughout. Super marching execution today. Polish those minor spots for better initiation of step offs and minor spacing issues. Wow! What an exciting and energetic show. Great drill and great performance today. Bravo band and directors.”
• Nathan Carter, director of bands at Angleton High School:
“Excellence everywhere,” Carter said. “Great understanding of responsibilities with only minor lapses of support in long phrases but students always recover. Wonderful understanding of style. Great program in all respects, wonderful use of staging. I enjoyed it very much.”
• Carlos Luna, retired director at Laredo Nixon High School:
“Good attention to all details and front line work was good,” Luna said. “Good work by all students. Be careful not to force tones in low brass. Balance was great for the most part but be careful not to sacrifice tone when playing loud (low brass). I thoroughly enjoyed your performance. It is on the way to being a contender at the next two levels. Congratulations!”
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