The Judson High School Rocket Band recently competed against 32 schools in the USBands Yamaha Cup competition held at D.W. Rutledge Stadium. The Rockets won the preliminary event with a score of 91.738 points along with caption awards for best visual, best overall effect, and 1st place in their class advancing them to the finals competition. In finals the Rockets won the caption of best music and were named the Yamaha Cup Grand Champion with a score of 92.4 points.
For some it may be a little early in the year for school concerts...especially at the middle school level. However, Metzger's Honor Band students treated their parents to a concert of some of the student's favorite pieces. In the process, the parents were able to see and hear how much these student musicians have progressed over their time in middle school. A big thank you should go out to Mr. Aynes and Mr. Robertson for this event and the fantastic work they are doing with these students and all in the band program.
Community support from local businesses and residents is essential, but it can go both ways. The Wagner High School drumline was invited to add some energy and support to a grand opening of a local business. The event really took off once the percussion group marched in and through the crowd. Band Director Jeremy Chapman along with the Kirby Fire Department and company officials all participated in the ribbon cutting that formally opened everything.
For the first time in school history Kirby Middle School's Beginner band competed in the Texas Lutheran University band Festival hosted on the TLU campus and they did a super job! This group performed a set of three challenging pieces for this contest and was awarded the "Outstanding Muscianship Award." That's the highest honor at the festival. That is simply amazing considering they've only been playing their instruments for about 9 months. Congratulations to these students under the direction of Mr. Elizondo and Ms. Ascolese.