Bear Band San Antonio-bound to State
By Van Wade
The Orange Leader
SAN ANTONIO – It will be “Showtime” for sure come Monday morning when the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Band will compete in the Class 4A State Marching Contest at the Alamodome.
The Bear Band growled their way to the State Championships after a magnificent performance at Regionals at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches last weekend.
LC-M will be one of among 24 bands competing for top honors Monday.
LC-M will warmup at 9:20 a.m. Monday and will hit the Alamodome turf at 10:30 a.m.
The band did not have the opportunity to practice in a facility like an indoor stadium where the sound reverberates and sounds different from the venues the students have played in weekly.
Ford Park in Beaumont came through for the band in Green and Gold as it offered their facility up for the band Friday morning so the students could acclimate themselves of playing and marching with the sound bouncing back at them.
The band played at halftime Friday night in Navasota and then will head to the State Contest.
Bands from across the state will compete for top honors at the 2016 UIL State Marching Band Championships to be held Monday through Wednesday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Monday, November 7 – Conference 4A
8:30 a.m. 4A Prelims
6 p.m. 4A Finals
Tuesday, November 8 – Conference 6A
8:30 a.m. 6A Prelims
Wednesday, November 9 – Conference 6A
9 a.m. 6A Finals
Tickets for the State Marching Band Contest are $19 for adults and $14 for students for each session (prelims and finals). An adult one-day pass ticket, which may be used at both prelim and final sessions for a given conference, is available for $30 for adults and $24 for students. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the gate. The box office will open 1 hour, 30 minutes before the first performance. Access to a live video feed will be provided through www.mrvideoonline.com for $10.00 for a one-day pass and $18 for a two-day pass.
Nationally recognized judges who have distinguished themselves as band directors and music educators will serve as adjudicators.
Conference 4A participants include the following high schools: River Oaks Castleberry, Rio Grande City Grulla, Canton, Paris, Kennedale, Crystal City, Abilene Wylie, Orange Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Fredericksburg, Midland Greenwood, Longview Sping Hill, La Feria, Argyle, China Spring, Rio Hondo, Pecos, Port Isabel, Paris North Lamar, Wills Point, Springtown, Atlanta, Hidalgo Early College, Princeton
Conference 6A participants include the following high schools: Houston Cypress Fairbanks, Lewisville Hebron, Austin Westlake, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Laredo United, Spring, Fort Bend Clements, San Antonio Reagan, Keller, Wylie, Houston Langham Creek, El Paso Franklin, Brownsville Hanna, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Duncanville, Freeport Brazosport, Harlingen, El Paso Coronado, Richardson Berkner, Hurst Bell, Leander, Round Rock Cedar Ridge, Harlingen South, Lewisville Marcus, Fort Bend Austin, El Paso Americas, Conroe The Woodlands, Odessa Permian, Round Rock, Galena Park North Shore, Friendswood, Austin Vandegrift, Austin Bowie, Plano East, Lewisville Flower Mound, Houston Cypress Falls, Pearland Dawson, Coppell, Friendswood Clear Brook, Conroe Woodlands College Park
For more information, or to see results during the contests, please refer to the UIL Music website: https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/state.
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