Wildcat Band perfects sound

By Roger Cowan

Yorktown News-View

This past week, the Yorktown Roaring Wildcat Band traveled to Comal ISD in Canyon Lake for UIL stage and sight-reading competition.

Performing three pieces entitled Parade of the Gladiators, Night Fury, and Plaza Del Toros, the band received a 2-1-2 on their stage performace, and a 1-1-2 in sightreading. While the stage pieces were a focus of practice for the past few weeks, the sightreading portion consists of the band performing a piece of music which they were handed just minutes prior to playing it. 

The sightreading score for this contest was the highest Yorktown has received in over a decade, and the stage performance was equaled only twice before in recent history. 

Band Director Paul Higgins, celebrating his first year at the head of the Yorktown music program, expressed his confidence beforehand, and his pride in the students just after receiving the scores and plaque that the students earned.

“We worked really hard, and we were ready,” stated Higgins. “The students performed really well, and next year is going to be amazing.”

The Wildcat Band, which is primarily comprised of seventh and eighth grade students, was ecstatic when informed that they had outscored many bands at the competition filled with older and more experienced high school students. As this group of musicians progresses through the years and into high school, they could possibly be on the cusp of becoming a State-level ranked band. 

We at the News-View would like to express our pride and extend a huge congratulations to Director Higgins and all the students. We encourage you all to stay the course, keep practicing, and show the world what “Yorktown Pride” is all about. Go Wildcats!

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