By Michael Clarke | Assistant News Editor
On Oct. 25 the Mighty Mustang Band competed in the UIL Region 3 Area marching band competition held at Mesquite Memorial Stadim. Upon receiving exemplary ratings at the UIL marching competition on Oct. 15, the band was eligible to proceed to the Area marching contest, from which four bands are selected from the “Region 3” UIL district to advance to the State marching competition held in San Antonio.
The band was the first of 24 bands to perform in the preliminary portion of the Area marching contest.
“Even though we be had to be at Pearce at 6:45 the day following a game, everything from the first day of summer band has lead up to this moment,” sophomore Will Moreland said.
The band advanced to to this stage of the UIL marching contest in its demonstrated proficiency in execution in a standard set of categories the UIL has established for marching bands across the state. Each of the individual categories is evaluated by the several judges positioned around the stadium to watch each band’s preformance.
The categories include marching technique, instrumental balance between brass and woodwind instruments, and “general effect,” defined as how the marching show’s themes are represented visually.
“We were quite proud to be performing our show with such an elite group of schools,” band director Greg Hames said.
After the preliminary preformances of the 24 bands in the Area contest, scores in the various categories were tabulated to determine the 10 bands set to compete in the finals portion of the Region 3 Area marching contest.
In finals competition the band placed 10th out of the 10 bands selected to perform in final rounds of the Area marching competition. Coppell, Duncanville, Rowlett and Richardson’s Berkner high schools will represent UIL Region 3 in the State marching contest held at the Alamodome in San Antonio
“I feel like we did the best possible show we could have done,” junior Marty Quish said. “The thing is we could have acheived one hundred percent in terms of nailing every aspect of our show and still not move on to State.”