By Ben Rosenthal | Staff Writer
Pearce’s four bands competed at the annual UIL competition held at Richardson High School on April 15 and 16. UIL is a competition in which each band prepares and performs a set of musical compositions and receives ratings on a 1 to 5 scale, with 1 being the highest.
For the Pearce bands, the competition was spread out over a two-day span, with two Pearce bands competing each day. The Concert and Symphonic bands performed on April 15, while the Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble bands competed the following day on April 16.
“The kids have been working very diligently, and their time and efforts were well received by the adjudicators,” director Josh Blankenship said.
Sophomore Jachin Minyard plays tuba in the Symphonic band. “We had been working on our music for a long time, and I am glad that we received straight 1s on our performance,” Jachin said.
Pearce’s four bands had been working on their musical compositions since the beginning of the spring semester. Receiving a good score for their compositions represents the quality of their work since that time. A good rating is a reflection of how professional and talented a band is.
Junior Jared Marble plays saxophone in the Wind Ensemble band. Wind Ensemble performed pieces titled Enigma, La Fiesta Mexicana, and The Little English Girl March. “I am glad it is finally over and now we can focus on our Meyerson concert,” Jared said.
Pearce’s four bands will now focus on the 25th annual spring concert at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Downdown Dallas. The performance will take place in Downtown Dallas on May 4.