NACOGDOCHES — On Saturday, Oct.19, the Nacogdoches High School “Golden Dragon Marching Band” earned its 33rd Division One Rating at UIL Marching Contest since 1980.
The Region XXI UIL Marching Competition was held at Longview High School this past Saturday.
Approximately 45 High School bands from around the East Texas area competed for a division one rating and program evaluation. 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! Not only did they receive the rating, but walked away as being known as one of the best bands of the day!”
Judges for the competition are UIL award winning band directors (or retired) from across Texas.
One judge, Eric Gray from Gilmer states, “The NHS Band plays with good characteristic tone quality and have some great players! I enjoyed your performance tonight and thanks for all of your hard work!”
Another judge (Gary Monroe, retired from Mesquite) writes “nice sounds from your performance tonight! Great woodwind exposure and sound! Nice execution of marching fundamentals!!”
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 thirty times since 1980.