High schools headed to area competition

HARLINGEN — It was their best run yet.

That’s why the Harlingen High School South Marching Band won superior ratings Saturday at the 76th Pigskin Jubilee UIL Marching Band Contest, said David Cavazos, 16.

“We are looking forward to performing at area Saturday and hope that we go to state to perform,” said David, a sophomore trumpet player for the Hawks band.

Harlingen South and Harlingen High School, in their usual form, scored straight ones Saturday at the competition in Weslaco. But there’s no resting on laurels with this crew. They’re still turbo-charged as they prepare for the Area G Marching Band Contest this Saturday in Laredo.

Ronnie Rios, director of bands for the Harlingen school district, couldn’t be more pleased.

“They did it again,” he said. “We’re very excited for the kids because right now this is the time that they are giving it all they’ve got because they want to do well.”

At the area competition this upcoming Saturday, 26 bands will compete for the chance to go to the state competition in San Antonio next month. Only five bands will be selected.

“They want to represent their school and their community and their families,” Rios said. “It’s beautiful to see kids giving it all they’ve got all the time. It’s beautiful to see that.”

The “heat of the moment” Saturday in Weslaco drove the Harlingen High School Cardinal Band to perform so well, said Jacob Garza, 17.

“That really made us push the sound forward and gave us the motivation to play better,” said Jacob, a senior who plays tenor sax.

He and the rest of the band are busy preparing to play their show “Dark Side of the Rainbow” this Saturday.

“It really motivates me to do better at Area so that we can make it to State,” he said.

Teachers were equally excited about the success of their students.

“They stepped up and concentrated and did their best at the performance,” said Rob Larios, associate band director at Harlingen High School.

“Their sound qualities were amazing,” he said. “They had sonorous sound qualities with excellent tuning.”

The Harlingen South band performed their piece “Cathedrals” equally well, said Band Director Shane Shinsato.

“It was their execution of the music that really swayed the judges to give them superior ratings,” he said. “We are thrilled that they had a chance to show off all their talents.”

MORE INFO

Results for the 6A bands at the 76th Pigskin Jubilee UIL Marching Band in Weslaco:

Brownsville Rivera 1

Brownsville Hanna 1

Donna North 1

Harlingen High School 1

Harlingen South 1

Los Fresnos 1

San Benito 1

Weslaco 1

Weslaco East 1

All nine 6A bands will be advancing to Area G Area Marching contest at the Laredo United ISD Bill Johnson Student Activity Center stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.