Wildcat Band Wins First Division Ratings
and Third Place in Band Competition, Saturday
by: Bobby McDonald
The Sulphur Springs High School Wildcat Marching Band traveled to Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, for the Northeast Texas Marching Band Festival competition. The Wildcat band earned First Division Ratings from every judge: this includes three band judges, a colorguard judge, a percussion judge and a drum major judge. There were 26 bands from all across Northeast Texas in competition at the contest.
At Saturdays contest, there was a Preliminary Competition and a Finals Competition. In the Prelims, bands receive a rating and a placement. The SSHS Band was in Third Place after prelims. They were the last band to march in the prelims and the finals.
In the finals, there are no ratings...you are ranked. The SSHS Band finished in Third Place overall. SSHS was the highest scoring 4A band at the contest. The two bands that finished higher than them are State finalists. One of them placed in the Finals at State last year and the other one won State two years ago.
"I am really proud of these kids. The afternoon performance was good, but the Finals performance was outstanding," related Sulphur Springs High School Band Director, Charles McCauley. "We are not ready for UIL yet, but we are on the right path. Lots of hard work still left to be done!"
"I invite everyone in the community to come out Friday night and support these kids and show them how much you appreciate them after their performance Friday night," continued McCauley. "Once you see the show you will see just how hard they have worked!"
UIL Contest is Tuesday, October 18th. The SSHS Band performs at 3:30, the last band of the day!