Group wins best in their class; varsity band finishes 4th

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

The Alice High School second period marching band, directed by Laura Lewis, won best in their class at the Crossroads Marching Festival last weekend in Robstown.

The AHS first period marching band, under the direction of Brian Herring, attended the Westlake Marching Festival at Austin's Westlake High School.

The second [eriod band, considered a non-varsity 4A band for UIL purposes, competed in the Crossroads competition as a 2A band.

Along with the award for best in class overall, the band also won best in class for their drum majors and best in class for percussion, according to competition officials on Monday.

Lewis said her band has come a long way this year as a non-varsity group.

This is only their second year competing as a separate group.

"They did very well this weekend, I'm very pleased with their performance," Lewis said.

"This is definitely due to the students' efforts."

The non-varsity group will perform for the first time in a regional UIL competition next weekend in Robstown. Lewis said this is a pretty big step for their program.

The AHS first period Marching Band also faced a tough contest last weekend at the Westlake Marching Festival.

Herring said the band went to the difficult contest for a reason, and that they received great comments from the judges.

Of the 26 bands listed on the festival's Web site, AHS competed against three other bands in the 4A division.

The best 10 bands made it to Saturday evening's finals competition.

Kerry Taylor, band director for Westlake High School, said AHS came in fourth in 4A and did not make the cut for the final 10.

Along with the 4A schools, AHS was also playing against 16 of the top 5A bands in the state of Texas for a spot in the final 10. Taylor said AHS scored 74.06 points out of a possible 100.

"It's a different world we were in," Herring said of Saturday's contest.