DHS Symphonic Winds earns UIL Sweepstakes Award

DHS Band President Gilbert Iglesias and Director Jeff Miller with Sweepstakes Award.

The Devine High School Varsity Symphonic Winds earned straight ONES in both Concert & Sight-Reading last week earning the UIL Sweepstakes Award! The UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation was hosted in the DHS Band Hall at 9:45 am last Wednesday, March 4.
The Symphonic Winds have been preparing for several months for this annual UIL event, normally held off-campus for bands across the Region. This year to provide a safe environment, UIL decided to have the judges travel campus to campus – spreading the contest over several days.
The students were prepared and dressed in formal wear for the event – and achieved maintaining a very high standard which has been set now for several years. Music performed included: The “Avenger March” by King, “Down by the Salley Gardens” by Sweeney, and a new selection to the UIL list “Viva” by Jack Wilds.
Comments from the judges included: “Nice band sound!”; “Band – this is a very challenging program!”; “Good style”; “Good ensemble precision”; “Overall – a very musical performance!!” Despite the challenges we have all faced throughout the past year, our students did not allow the standards to fall – we all fought through it together – and there has been a wonderful, successful result!
The Devine High School Bands are lead by Jeff. W. Miller, BME, MM, Director of Bands and Assistant Director Tom Settles and Assistant Director James Quinterro.