Eagle Band earns Division I at marching competition

By Robert Morales —

The Mighty Eagle Marching Band received a Division I (Superior) rating last Saturday at the annual marching contest held in Socorro. The band had been practicing early in the morning since August.

“The band has been working very hard,” said band member Leslie Gonzalez. “All of us have been doing our part to ensure that we are successful. Getting a division one was one of the best feelings. As a senior I could not ask for more.”

Ms. Gonzalez added that the band students kept working toward perfecting the marching, music and the artistic effects for the UIL performance. “Most people don't know this, but band is a very different UIL activity because of the amount of time that is involved for just one performance, whereas with sports, the students get to play in games and learn from mistakes made along the way” said Ms. Gonzalez.

The Eagle Band is under the direction of Matthew Short, a recent graduate of Sul Ross University. Drum majors are senior trombone player Mireya Quintana and senior trumpet player Rebekah Oñate.

“I am very proud of these remarkable students,” said Mr. Short. “It is a true gift to work with these students day to day, and even more rewarding to achieve success side by side.”

“I could not be any more proud of this band,” said Ms. Oñate. “I have watched each person improve over the past couple of months. There is no greater feeling than to know that all of your hard work has paid off.”

The Eagle Band will be performing in Area marching competition in Odessa at Ratliff Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26. The band welcomes all of the community support it can get.