The Lion Pride Band advanced to UIL area finals this past Saturday after making sweepstakes at marching band district.
“I could not be more proud of our band this year,” drum major Mia Hay said. “The feeling you get when the announcer says ‘first division’ is surreal. Advancing to the area competition is something I, as a band member and drum major, had not yet experienced, so just being there was an incredible opportunity for me and the band.”
A band earns sweepstakes when the judges score them with straight ones, which is the highest score given.
“Some of the finest work the band has done this year was put on that field,” saxophone player Dylan Clinton said. “We all put in long hours of practice, and it paid off.”
Unfortunately, the band did not advance to the UIL state marching band competition.
“I am disappointed that we didn’t make state,” flute player Riley Foster said. “I still think we put everything we had on that field, and I know that the program can only go up from here.”