Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

With only a short week of practice, the Alice High School Honors Band took top honors at the All Star Music Festival in Orlando, Fla., last week.

In a field of 25 bands from across the United States, the Honors band was named grand champion of the contest. They were awarded first in their class and also received a Superior rating from the judges at contest. All of the bands from AHS received honors at the music contest last week. The Symphonic Band also received a first in class and received a Superior rating from the judges. The Concert band came in second in their class and received an Excellent rating from the judges at contest. The AHS Jazz Band was also honored with a first in their class and a Superior rating from contest judges.

Along with competition, the 220 band students visited the Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios and Disney World. AHS Band Director Brian Herring said everywhere the band visited, people would walk up to say how well mannered and well behaved they were during the trip.

"We're very proud of that fact. We have some great students in this program," Herring said.

The bands are currently preparing for the Southcoast Band Contest in Corpus Christi Saturday. This will be one of the toughest, if not the toughest competition they'll face this year, school officials said.

"There will be some of the bigger schools from the Dallas and Houston area at this contest. Some very good band programs. This will probably be one of the toughest, if not the toughest contest for us this year," Herring said.