PHS Band Advances to Area Contest
October 23, 2013
Band UIL Press Release
After almost 110 hours of rehearsal time for the Cowboy Marching Band, Plains High School was well-represented at the UIL Marching Contest in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, October 19. Out of 45 marching bands, the Cowboy Marching Band was one of only 17 bands to qualify for the Area marching contest in Odessa, Texas.
For the first time in six years, the Cowboy Marching Band received three straight Division One ratings. Under the direction of Mario Cordova, Drum Major Brianna Coffman, and Assistant Drum Major Kasidee Taylor, the band strutted their stuff on Lowery Field in Lubbock and were rewarded with the highest rating that a marching band can receive.
There were no dry eyes in the Plains’ marching camp when Mr. Cordova read out the results to a group of eager teenagers and sponsors. The scene was reminiscent of a Miss America pageant as the screams and tears flowed unashamed. There were hugs and congratulations for all as the marchers released their excitement and shock of reaching such a great milestone.
Mr. Cordova was heard to have said that the band had not peaked and was in tears himself as the realization sank in and the emotion of the moment overwhelmed the seasoned director.
Now it’s on to Odessa, Texas, where the Plains Band will match musical muscle with the likes of Sudan, Tahoka, Fort Davis, Lockney, Whiteface, Seagraves, Booker, Smyer, Stratford, Forsan, Van Horn, Ropes, New Deal, West Texas H.S., Wink, and Sundown.
The contest will begin at 9:45am in Ratliff stadium, and Plains will perform at 11:45am. Finals will begin at 4:30pm.