HHS and MHS bands earn Division 1 rating at UIL marching competition

The Harlandale High School Band and McCollum High School Band received a Division 1 rating at the UIL Region 11 Marching Band Contest at Judson Stadium on Oct. 21.

 A Division 1 rating is the highest “superior” rating a band could get, which means both bands will be moving on the UIL Area D Marching Band Contest in Cedar Park, Texas on Oct. 28.

There will 39 bands competing for the top seven slots for an opportunity to advance to the UIL State Marching Band Contest.  Both the HHS Band and the MHS Band have been preparing for this moment since last July and are now ready for the competition.

“As we look past the region level, we have our eyes set on Area this Saturday, which is not about a rating anymore. We have the rating, now it is about pride and to see how we rank against all the other 5A bands in our Area, including our sister school McCollum!” Harlandale High School Band Director Juan Carlos Rodriguez exclaimed. “We have asked the students to continue showing up, to continue working hard so that we may clean and keep polishing our show for this upcoming contest.”

“This competition means a great deal to our students,” McCollum High School Band Director Gilbert Borrego said. “They continue to pass on and inspire each other that hard work achieves results, and it’s such an amazing feeling to be part of this organization.”

Both band directors are extremely proud of their students’ work ethic this year as they have shown great dedication at every rehearsal attendance, early morning pep rallies and late night games.

“I am extremely proud of the band! They have worked so hard getting to know a new director, new procedures and lots of expectations. They have come through with flying colors and have represented HHS spectacularly,” Rodriguez said. “They have persevered and have matured as musicians.”

“This has truly been a labor of love, and seeing how this show has come together from the very beginning to where it is now, has truly been remarkable,” Borrego added. “These students love to work hard and will absolutely contribute to their community and society through all the life lessons they have learned while being in band.”

The students are now looking forward to participate in the contest and appreciate all the support they have received from their schools, administration and parents.

“The students are excited. One thing that I've told them from the beginning is that nothing is ever given to you. You have to earn it. They have worked hard and have earned their superior rating. They are proud as it continues a winning tradition for The Million Dollar Band from Indian Land! Each of them have worked hard to leave their mark on the legacy of this high school band program!” Rodriguez said.

“To bring all of our students together and continue the tradition of excellence here at McCollum is a great thing,” Borrego concluded.  

Good luck to both bands! 

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