HARLINGEN — They call her Nyx, but she’s so much more than a name.

She’s a mysterious and shadowy figure, known for her silences and her dreams, and for that the ancient Greeks anointed her as their goddess of the night.

So profound has been her influence over the human world she’s still regarded as a thing of beauty. The San Benito High School Marching Band has even named its show after her.

The show is filled with the pristine musical eloquence of such pieces as Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.”

“Part of what makes it so good is the fact that we are using classical music with a modern setting,” said Dayri Mendoza, band director.

The band has spent long hours of preparing the piece for the 76th Pigskin Jubilee UIL Marching Band Contest tonight. The event will take place in Weslaco at Bobby Lackey Stadium. Everyone’s excited, both band directors and students.

“We’ve been working hard getting things done,” Luis Moreno, 17, a senior and drum major, said yesterday.

The recent wet weather has presented some hindrance, but the band hasn’t allowed that weather to slow its progress. Luis and the other band members are enjoying the music and they look forward to presenting to an audience tonight.

“It has a lot of energy to it and it gives that energy to the crowd,” Luis said. “It’s really technical but our band pulls through with it. We have really good band directors that help each and every one of us.”

Fellow drum major Angel Contreras said the band is ready for tonight’s performance.

“We’ve been trained really well by our directors and we’ve been working pretty hard for the past few weeks,” said Angel 17.

Angel also relayed that the music has challenged the band members’ talent.

“It’s really meticulous,” said the senior. “Some things are very specific. It has to be very accurate in our marching and our conducting. Things like that are quite hard, but we’ve been trained right.”

Mendoza said band directors and students focused more on the music itself and less on visuals, this to enhance the quality of the musical performance. Playing such a medley of pieces from different composers deserves that attention.

“I enjoy playing classical music on a marching field,” Mendoza said. “The pieces have something to do with night time or darkness. We are using very good music that has been with us through the ages.”

The directors and students have worked these many months mastering music from so many composers.

Tonight the audience at Pigskin will also partake in the fine musical feast prepared by the San Benito band.


WHAT: Region 28 6A Pigskin Jubilee Marching Contest

WHEN: Tonight

WHERE: Bobby Lackey Stadium in Weslaco

TIMES: Harlingen High School 6:45 p.m.

Harlingen South High School 7:45 p.m.

San Benito High School 7:30 p.m.

Los Fresnos High School 7:15 p.m.

The San Benito High School March Band’s show “Nyx – Goddess of the Night” is made of music from the following selections:

“Scythian Scythe” by Sergei Prokofiev

“Adagio and Transfiguration” by Elliot Goldenthal

“Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy

“Nocturnal Creatures” by Carrol Brittin Chambers

“Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven