Band Earns Division I

Band Earns Division I
Posted on 11/02/2017
Band Earns Division I Rating

Nacogdoches High School’s Golden Dragon Marching Band earned a Division I rating Saturday at the Region XXI UIL marching competition at Longview High School. It’s the 37th Division I rating the school has earned since 1980.

Forty high school bands from the East Texas area competed Saturday in Longview. The competition is judged against a standard, rather than against other bands, and uses a grading system of first through fifth division ratings with first being superior and fifth being poor.

 “There are very few bands across East Texas or even across the state that can boast of that great accomplishment,” states NISD Director of Bands, Glynn Wells. “Our Dragon Band has a great reputation across the State for maintaining a long tradition of excellence and success. I am so extremely proud of the consistent hard work that these students have done and that their efforts paid off!”

Judges for the competition were UIL award winning band directors (or retired directors) from across Texas. One judge, Dr. Tim Rhea (Director of Bands at Texas A&M University), wrote, “Ensemble style is excellent! The band plays with great energy and pride. Beautiful on the field!” Dan Gibbs wrote , “I hope you realize how good you are—this was exemplary in every way! You are a credit to your school, your town, and to music education in Texas.” The third judge, Randy Jones, wrote, “Do not take for granted the life lesson you have learned from “band’ or take for granted the high expectations of your directors.”

The UIL Marching competition is the initial phase of the three-phase Sweepstakes Award process. Bands must earn a Division One Rating at Marching in the fall. Then, during the spring, bands must also earn Division One Ratings in Concert Competition and Sightreading Competition to be eligible for the Sweepstakes Award. The Nacogdoches High School Band has earned the Sweepstakes Award 34 times since 1980.

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