The Ballinger Bearcat Band competed Saturday, October 18 at the UIL Region 7 Marching Contest in Early,TX. The BBB was under the field direction of drum majors Augustine DeHoyos, Alexandra Lemus, Thomas Luna, and color guard captain Jordan Ramos. The band took the field for competitionat 4:15pm performing their UIL marching show "The Bells" with confidence and pride.
"Bands are given a minimum and maximum time limit to fill with music and performance," said BBB assistant director Matthew Cleveland. "Only those who have spent the countless hours in preparation for that small snapshot of time understand how much effort and self-discipline it takes to fill that time and even fewer bands understand how to fill that time with excellence and pride. It is wonderful to be a part of the BBB where this attitude is maintained and achieved year after year." Janet Wilson, BBB head band director added, "It is so amazing to watch a show come together. From picking out the music back in the spring, drum major, color guard and band camps throughout the summer, and finally summer band in August all in preparation for 6 1/2 minutes of performance time. Watching students take the field with pride in their eyes and knowing they have truly done all things possible in order to continue the legacy of the BBB is an indescribable feeling as their director."
The BBB received Division 1, Superior Rating on Saturday. This is the top rating available at UIL competitions. Every other year bands are eligible for advancement to area and state competitions. The advancement classifications for this year are 4A and 6A so the BBB marching competition season has come to and end. Band members are already looking forward to next year, which will be an advancing year for 1a,2a,3a and 5a schools. This gives the possibility to advance to area competitions and state. In the mean time, the BBB will continue to support the Bearcats on Friday nights and provide halftime entertainment.
Wilson said she would like to thank all those who have helped with the BBB this season including bus drivers, parent sponsors, chuck wagon crew, Bearcat Band Boosters, BISD administration, Amy Alejandro (guard choreographer), Julie Gray and Kimberley Dunn (guard sponsors), Luke McMillan (music composer), Brian Owen(drill writer), and Matthew Cleveland. Without all of these people, the success and the hard work of the students would not be as smooth as it looks. And finally, thank you to the parents who give up time to allow their students to strive for excellence and be a part of the legacy of the Ballinger Bearcat Band!