Marching Bands Competing Saturday

High school bands in UIL region contest Saturday
By: Todd Martin
Killeen ISD’s four high school marching bands will perform, along with other bands from throughout Central Texas during the region UIL marching contest Saturday at Midway ISD’s Panther Stadium.
Those interested in seeing the KISD bands in action can make a trip to Panther Stadium south of Waco for a couple of hours of marching performances.
The Harker Heights High School Red Brigade Band is scheduled to take the field at 3:45 p.m. Its show is called “Serpentine.”
The Ellison High School Screaming Eagles Band is up at 4 p.m. to perform “Shadows and Lights.”
The Shoemaker High School Grey Wolf Band performs at 5:15 p.m. Its show is called “Home.”
The Killeen High School Roo Band is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. It is performing “The Wind and the Lion.”
After Killeen, the host Midway High School band will perform and then the audience will be able to hear results of the contest.
Bands that receive a first division rating – at least two out of three top scores from the three judges – will qualify to move on to the area competition set for October 30 at Round Rock ISD’s Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
This Saturday’s marching band contest is free to the public. It begins in the morning with small schools leading to the larger ones later in the day.
“This is the most important marching contest of the year,” said Ellison Band Director Jeff Smith. “Every band in Texas participates and a first division rating at this contest allows the band to make a Sweepstakes with their spring performances.”
Various UIL regional marching contests are scheduled throughout the state.
Smith said it’s been an exciting year to perform a full schedule of halftime shows at home and away games following last year’s restrictions due to virus mitigation.
“Our students have worked really well to perfect the marching and the music,” the Ellison director said. “We’re looking forward to having a great performance at the UIL contest.”
The bands that qualify at the region event to move on to the area contest at Round Rock will compete for a shot at the state marching championship in November.
The number of bands that qualify for state will depend on how many move on to area.