This past week was very busy for the advanced members of the South Belton Band. Last Wednesday, both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble competed at Midway High School in the UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest. Both groups have been preparing three concert pieces since January, and have improved their sightreading skills in learning new pieces in only 7 minutes without practicing out loud!
I am happy to report that the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mrs. Janice Motl, received Sweepstakes! This means they earned a Division One Superior rating from the judges in both the Concert and Sightreading portions of the contest. This is the second time in the school’s history that this group has achieved these superior ratings. The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Chris Pulley, received Sweepstakes as well! This is the 8th consecutive year this ensemble has earned superior ratings, and it has achieved this high standard of excellence every year since South Belton has be open as a school. You can see the videos from both of their performances by clicking here.
The South Belton Jazz Band competed at the Temple Jazz Festival on Thursday and received Division One Superior ratings from all three judges! They were treated to a clinic after their performance by Dr. Adrian Ruiz, jazz director at UTSA. Also, five previously selected members of the Jazz Band rehearsed on Saturday in the All-Region Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Alex Parker, jazz director at Baylor. They worked for five hours and put on a concert Saturday night at Temple College. Videos of these performances can be seen here.
Please congratulate these 7th & 8th grade band members for their hard work and superior performance!