Middle School Band makes First Division at UIL

April 23, 2012

Shown are students in the Sweetwater Middle School Band, who recently brought home a first division rating at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition in Abilene.

On Wednesday, middle school bands from across West Texas participated in UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition. The Sweetwater Middle School Band earned a first division plaque on their prepared music event, which was performed at Abilene Cooper High School.
“I was really pleased with how they did,” commented SMS band director Ross Grant. “The kids really rose to the challenge. One of our pieces, ‘Adrenaline Engines,’ was also performed by 5A Abilene High School’s second band. It is actually a high school piece. Our students really pulled it off.”
Adjudicator David Eakins commented in his constructive critique, “Band, you play with great control and balance! All parts are heard with great clarity. You guys produce some quality sounds and show lots of hard work. Congrats!” Judge Matt Wilkins added, “Nice technical display by all instrument sections! You are clearly well taught.” Finally, adjudicator Richard Graham commented, “Band, your attention to detail is great! Really nice characteristic sounds from everyone.”
The Sweetwater Band also performed “Kitty Hawk March,” by Ed Huckaby and “Atlantis,” by Anne McGinty. The SMS Band will now prepare for their annual solo contest on May 22, as well as their Spring Concert on May 21.

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