The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Independent School District Music Department is preparing for several upcoming events.

The Fighting Badger Band is preparing to compete at San Diego High School on either April 8 or 9 for the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. The students have been preparing three contest tunes entitled "St. Petersburgh March, Big Sky Roundup and Fire Dance" to perform on their contest date plus working on Sightreading procedures for this upcoming season. The Fighting Badger Band will use the same contest tunes to compete at the Texas Music Festival in South Padre Island on May 15. The performance time has not been confirmed.

The Middle School Mariachi is preparing for their next competition at Texas A and M University- Kingsville Mariachi Festival on Saturday, April 25. Performance times have not been set.

Our middle school bands and Mariachi will be competing at the Texas Music Festival in South Padre Island on Friday, May 1.

We invite all parents to attend all of our competitions.

The Varsity Mariachi will have several performances and contest dates coming up in the very near future. The Varsity Mariachi have been invited to perform in Austin, our state capitol, but a date and time in May 2015 has not been confirmed.

The Varsity Mariachi performances and contests are as follows:

March 28---middle and high school Mariachi at First Annual Cowboy Breakfast at BBPB High School---8 a.m.

April 11-----Poteet Strawberry Festival at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Stage 12

April 24-----San Antonio Riverboat Parade in San Antonio at 7 p.m.

April 26-----Band/Mariachi Booster BBQ Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school cafeteria

May 17------Performance on the Domingo Live Show on Channel 3 at 10:30 a.m.

May 24 and 25---State Solo and Ensemble Contest for the two State Qualifiers--Jaime Gonzalez and Anjali Dalvi

The music department would like to remind parents that the fifth Annual Mariachi Summer Camp will start on Monday, June 8 through June 25. There will be free classes on violin, guitar, vihuela, harp, guitarron, vocals and intermediate trumpet. Mariachi will run Monday through Thursday only. Students must be enrolled in the Summer Ace Program to attend Mariachi workshops.

For more information contact Diana Rincon or Joe Soliz at 664-9822 or 664-8414.