NHS Band Earns 34th UIL Sweepstakes Award

NHS Band Earns 34th UIL Sweepstakes Award
Posted on 05/04/2018
NHS Band Earns 34th UIL Sweepstakes AwardThe Nacogdoches High School Symphonic Band earned Division 1 ratings last month at the Region XXI UIL Concert and Sight-reading competition. That completed the requirements for the NHS band program to receive its 34th UIL Sweepstakes award since 1980.

To be a sweepstakes band requires Division 1 ratings in concert and sight-reading as well as the marching competition held last October. 

“I am so extremely proud of our NHS band students for working hard to maintain this tradition of excellence,” Nacogdoches ISD Director of Bands Glynn Wells said. “They take a great deal of pride in their organization and the reputation that it maintains across the East Texas area.” 

Like the UIL Marching competition, at concert and sight-reading contests each band is graded by three judges on a scale of one to five (with one being excellent and a five being poor). 

“In my 29 years of teaching, these were some of the best stage adjudicators’ comments ever,” Wells said. 

Judge Jonathan Kelley (retired from South Texas area) wrote, “Nice ensemble sound! Controlled aggression! Super job today band!! Great teaching and learning at this school!” 

Dan Gibbs (retired from Monahans ISD) writes, “What a fine-looking group of young ladies and gentlemen. This was a sincere privilege and pleasure to hear. You have every right to be incredibly proud of your wonderful accomplishment. You are a credit to your school, your city and to music education in the state of Texas. This was the very best performance I have heard all year.” 

After the stage portion of the competition in Longview, the band entered the third component of the contest, which is performing music neither they nor their director has seen before. The band is given a brief explanation of the piece by their director and then must perform it to the best of their ability. 

“This portion of the competition demonstrations if they students have truly learned to read, understand and digest musical concepts. This is brand new music that no one has ever seen,” Wells said. 

Judges’ comments pointed out students being focused and engaged during the explanation period as well as a great job of reading the music. One judge wrote, “Lot’s of great teaching and learning going on!!”