Performing three concert pieces on stage the judges wrote, “Band plays with excellent tonal concepts. Balance, blend and pitch are all done very well. Great band sound. Very well played program!!! I really enjoyed hearing your performance today! Excellent sounds throughout the entire band. Very impressive work on details. This is a great band and I enjoyed listening to you today. You are a credit to your school and you entire community.”
From there the band moved into the sightreading room where the director had 8 minutes to explain a new piece of music to the students and then the band had to perform that piece for another set of judges. The comments from that panel included, “The ensemble sound of this was excellent. This was a very mature and musical performance. Very mature reading today! These students are very disciplined and intense! This was a very musical performance, you have been taught well. Congratulations to a fine band!”
First division awards in the marching, concert and sightreading contests hosted by the University Interscholastic League result in the “Sweepstakes” award for high school bands across Texas. “Obviously we are very proud of our kids and their accomplishments. To perform consistently at a very high level like our kids do is an attribute to them, but we also must pass along congratulations to the parents of these wonderful students as well as the administration at GISD that makes everything we do possible” stated high school band director Eric Gray.
The band will be performing two of the three contest pieces Thursday night at 7 in the Civic Center. The program will include: Chant & Jubilo, Summer Resounding, Bugler’s Holiday, Arabian Dances, Selections from The Phantom of the Opera and The Stars and Stripes Forever.
The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
The band will also be hosting the Awards Banquet on Friday, April 19 at 7 in the high school cafeteria.