The Union Grove High School Band earned its 26th consecutive “Sweepstakes” Award at UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest on March 3 at Gladewater High School.
The band performed three pieces of music on the concert stage that they had spent many weeks preparing. They were evaluated by three UIL judges, and the students earned straight ones from the panel in this portion of their evaluation.
From there, the band competed in the sight reading portion of the event. This is where each band is given a brand new piece of music they have never seen before to perform for a different panel of judges.
The band has seven minutes to work on the sight reading music with their director’s help, but they are not allowed to play a single note on their instruments during this time. After those seven minutes the band has one chance to perform the music to the best of their ability.
The band once again came away with a first division rating from all three judges for their performance of the sight reading music.
To earn a “Sweepstakes” award a band must earn a “First Division” in the fall semester at UIL Marching Contest, and then both the concert and sight reading portions of the UIL competition in the spring.
Band Director, Brandon Garmon, said, “I am very fortunate to have a great group of students to work with every day. They have worked incredibly hard all year to achieve our goals, and I am very excited about the future of our band program.”
The Union Grove Bands will present their annual spring concert on May 17. The concert starts with the Beginner Band at 6 PM in the UGHS Gymnasium.