Sulphur Springs band students make school history at Region IV UIL competitions

From Staff Reports

Apr. 23, 2007 - Sulphur Springs band students made school history at the recent Region IV UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contests. Sulphur Springs Middle School’s 7th and 8th grade bands and Sulphur Springs High School’s  varsity symphonic band each earned the prestigious UIL sweepstakes award, the highest honor a band can receive at UIL competition.

�This is the first time they�ve ever made it all at one time,� Sulphur Springs Director of Bands Charles McCauley said. �We had each win before, but not all at the same time. It was a really good week, just really amazing seeing the kids do their best. Each did their best, performing their very best out there. Students in the Sulphur Springs band program swept UIL judges off their feet� when they performed for their concert and sight-reading contests.�

In order to earn a sweepstakes award, the middle school bands had to earn a first division rating in the concert portion of the contest as well as the sight-reading portion of the contest at the Region IV UIL Contest in New Boston. Students in the 8th Grade Band won their second sweepstakes award; they earned the award last year when they were 7th graders. The seventh grade contest is the first for those students because there is no UIL contest for sixth graders.

The SSHS Varsity Symphonic Band also earned its second consecutive sweepstakes award at the UIL Region IV Contest in Mount Pleasant.  To earn sweepstakes, high school bands must earn first divisions in marching, concert and sight-reading. SSHS has earned the award three out of the last four years.

McCauley also commended the SSHS Junior Varsity Band for their second division rating at the Mount Pleasant contest.  

�In UIL terminology, a second division rating stands for �excellent� and a first division rating stands for �superior.�� The junior varsity�s �excellent� rating and the varsity�s �superior� rating represented SSHS well at the contest,� the band director said. � �

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