This Saturday is the big UIL Marching Contest in Hondo for all 4A and Below schools in UIL Region II. Marching Bands have been preparing for this day for almost three months, since the middle of summer.
The contest is being hosted by Hondo High School on their football field Barry Stadium.
The show starts at 12:30 and a band will perform every 15 minutes throughout the afternoon and evening, except for short breaks for awards and one judges break in the middle. Concession Stand will be open and there are usually shirts and accessories for sale. There is usually a small admission fee.
It will be kicked off with the first A band performing at 12:30 PM which will be Nueces Canyon, followed by Leakey at 12:45, D’Hanis 1:00 and Rock Springs at 1:15..
AA bands will start with Brackett at 1:30 and 1:45 Sabinal , 2:00 La Pryor, and 2:15 Charlotte.
2:30 Announcement of A and AA results.
AAA bands will perform at : Jourdanton at 2:45, Lytle 3:00, Cotulla 3:15, Natalia 3:30, Dilley 3:45 and then AAAAA Uvalde at 4:00 PM
4:15 Announcement of AAA and 5A results followed by a Judges Break!
AAAA bands will begin at 5:15 with Pearsall taking the field first. Followed by: Pleasanton 5:30, Carrizo Springs 5:45, Crystal City 6:00, Poteet 6:15, Devine 6:30 and Hondo 6:45.
7:00 Announcement of AAAA results.
Rules: Performance time includes a 5 minute setup, 8 minute show, and 2 minutes to clear the field. The 8 minute clock will begin when the full 5 minute clock expires. Warm -up or pre-show is permitted during the 5 minute set up time, however, judges will be instructed to not begin their evaluation until the 8 minute clock shows 7:50. ( If directors do not wish to utilize the entire 5 minutes of set-up they may hold the band at the field entrance to coordinate their ready time with the beginning of the announcement.)
Last Saturday the Warhorse Band performed at the Harlandale Marching Festival before a very enthusiastic crowd of Devine supporters! The announcer always begins reading what they term a “shout out” to individuals in each band as they are entering the field – and these “shout outs” are written and paid for by patrons. I think Devine probably set a new record, as they actually had to pause the clock before our show was to start so they could finish!
Every aspect of the performance was a complete notch higher this week as the students have really learned to execute well. The judges ALL made many very, very positive comments about the Band’s musical and marching execution as well as the total visual appeal of the colors reflecting the Phoenix theme. There were five bands competing in the 4A category this week and the Warhorse Band placed third overall – but I will tell you that it was tight and differences were only logged on small details – which is a great thing at this point!
The kids are very excited and I am extremely proud of their efforts this year as we approach UIL Region Marching Contest this Saturday in Hondo!! Our whole staff including Mr. Settles, Mr. Quintero, Mrs. Miller, and Mr. Packer along with myself truly believe this is the BEST Warhorse Band we have seen yet – and their potential is absolutely amazing!! Please come and support the band as they perform in Hondo stadium at 6:30 pm this Saturday the 13th!! Woohoo! Go Band!! – Mr. Miller
Come on out to support the Warhorse Band this Saturday as they represent Devine across the creek for the second night in a row with hopes of earning 1s and advancing to the Area Contest which will be held on Saturday, October 27 in Callallen. Bands only get the chance to compete and advance every other year and this is an advancing year for AAAA schools.