Marching band dominates UIL competition


Photo by Laurel Wakefield

The Texas High Marching Band placed 1st at the UIL competition in Mt. Pleasant. Senior Katherine Stoeckl plays the flute and the violin during the perfomance.

Story by Jhovany Perez, feature editor

Music counts run through the minds of the marching band. They keep still and move together in complete synchronization. As they march across the field, the notes fly out of their instruments in perfect harmony.

Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Texas High Marching Band travelled to Mt. Pleasant for the UIL Marching Band competition and received all 1st divisions. They will be advancing to the UIL Area Marching Competition this Saturday in Mesquite.

“I felt very surprised because Texas high hasn’t gotten first in a competition in years,” freshman Assad Malik said. “I am very excited because we get to keep doing what we enjoy and hopefully keep making it further.”

With this new victory the Tiger band feels hopeful that future holds more in store.

“I really believe that we can go far and make it all the way to state as long as we continue to work hard at practice and push through,” junior Ashyki Paxton said. “I look forward to having the amazing feeling of accomplishment if we do go to state, and even if we don’t, I’m still going to be super proud of us for making it as far as we have.”

As the season progresses, the band is refining their show and adding details along the way. They are now working to prepare for the competition in Mesquite, and hope to keep their streak.

“I feel like we have a really good shot because we have really been coming together. I am really excited,” senior drum major Landon Ryden said. “We are definitely preparing by adding different visuals and adding stuff to spice up the saw a lot more, because we have already memorized the whole show, so we are adding stuff here and there. As for the actual competition, I think we have a really good shot at making finals this year.”