Band advancing to area contest in San Antonio

Ofelia Garcia Hunter,Alice Echo-News Journal

The Premont Cowboy Band received a warm welcome last weekend after the marching band came home with a first division from competition.

The band is advancing to area competition on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the East Central High School in San Antonio. The band will perform at 3:15 p.m.

"I saw the community get ownership of their school," Superintendent Leobardo Cano said. "We are going to get better because of the morale of the community. We had big support, all you could see was red and white."

The band was treated to a community greeting as the fire department, police department, sheriff's department, parents and supporters lined up the streets leading to the high school last Saturday as the Premont Cowboy Band made a grand entrance with top honors.

The band earned a first division at the regional marching band contest in Sinton Saturday.

There were 13 bands vying in the 2A division category and Premont band was one of six bands that advanced to area competition. Band school officials said that the judges were blown away with the performance and the band received straight ones from the judges.

The audience was "amazed and enthusiastic" as the 26-piece band took the field, band officials said.

Some of the judges comments included, "Wow, Cool Show," "Great Music," and "Great band."

The Premont Cowboy Band is under the direction of Ernesto Cortez and Hector Cantu, assistant director.

"The directors would like to thank the administration and faculty for their positive encouragement and support," Cortez said. "Also, a special thanks to the fire department, police department and other community members that showed their support during he welcome home rally Saturday evening."