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Montwood, Pebble Hills Bands Advance to State Championships, Hanks Wins ToB

It was one of the busiest weekends yet for El Paso bands, with three separate contests taking place on Saturday. The end result was some great finishes for our local groups.

The first contest of the weekend was the 4-A Area contest in Lubbock. Mountain View and Clint represented El Paso, but neither band was able to advance past the preliminary round.

The largest contest of the season was simultaneously happening in Las Cruces. The 41st annual Tournament of Bands took place with some outstanding results for our local groups.28 bands took the field in 4 classes with the following results.

In preliminary Class B Awards, Irvin won Outstanding Music Execution, Burges won Outstanding Percussion, Alamogordo won Best colorguard, and Jeff/Silva won the Drum Major award. Riverside finished third, Irvin finished second, and Alamogordo finished in first place.

In preliminary Class A , Eastlake High School took Music Execution, Percussion, and Colorguard, while Parkland High School took home the Drum Major award. Top finishers were Las Cruces High School in third, Bel Air in second, and Eastlake in the top spot.

In preliminary Class AA, Hanks swept all captions. Cleveland High School from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, came in third, while Onate finished second and Hanks took the top spot.

The 10 bands advancing to finals were Albuquerque Eldorado, Las Cruces, Cleveland, Del Valle, Eastwood, Eastlake, Horizon, Onate, Bel Air, and Hanks High Schools.

Hanks High School ended the night as Grand Champions with their show ‘Pocket Full of Poseys.’ Other finalist finishes included Eastlake in second place, with Onate High School from Las Cruces in third and Bel Air High School finishing fourth. Cleveland was in 5th place, followed by Horizon High in 6th, Eastwood in 7th, and Del Valle in 8th. Las Cruces High finished 9th and Albuquerque Eldorao finished 10th.

Perhaps the biggest news of the days is El Paso has both the advancing bands from the Area A 6-A marching band contest. 14 bands competed in prelims, with seven bands advancing to finals. El Paso bands in finals included Americas, Coronado, Montwood, and Pebble Hills.

At the end of the second and final round of competition, Pebble Hills came in first, followed closely by Montwood. These two bands, both from the Socorro ISD, will now travel to San Antonio to represent West Texas at the State marching band contest.

Prelims for the 6-A contest will be held in the Alamodome on Monday, November 5, with the finals round taking place on Tuesday, November 6.

Directors of the Pebble Hills Spartan band are Maximo Sierra, Raul Chavira, Daniel Hunt, and Cecil Crabtree.

The Montwood “Mean Green” band is under the direction of Beto Pererz, Roman Lechuga, and Caitlyn Colette.

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Graphic courtesy Musical Notes- The Blog

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Author – Lorraine Kubala

The complete schedule can be viewed on the ‘Musical Notes- The Blog’ page on Facebook.

Area Bands ‘Tune Up’ For UIL Competition at EPISD Invitational at Franklin High

27 bands took the field at Franklin High School Saturday, as El Paso ISD hosted their invitational contest for area marching bands.

Serving as adjudicators for the event were Valentino Leyba, Kevin Moreman, and Shawn Silva, all band directors in the Las Cruces Public Schools. Instrumental Coordinator Julio Castillo was the contest organizer.

Due to the large number of bands entered, the contest was divided into morning and afternoon sessions. An awards ceremony was held at 11:30 after the first 13 bands performed. After a lunch break, the afternoon saw another 14 bands take the field, capping the day with an awards ceremony for these bands at the final conclusion of the contest.

Receiving first divisions, which denotes a “Superior” performance, were Franklin, Riverside, Parkland, Hanks, Bel Air, Eastlake and Del Valle High Schools in the morning session, and Irvin, Burges, Americas, and Coronado High Schools in the afternoon.

Bands receiving second divisions, denoting an “excellent” performance, were Horizon, Eastwood, Ysleta, and Socorro High Schools in the morning, and El Paso, Andress, Jefferson Silva, and Chapin High Schools in the afternoon.

Bands receiving a third division, or “good” performance, were Canutillo, Anthony, Fabens, Clint, Bowie, San Elizario, and Austin High Schools.

This contest served as a tune up for the bands and was great for getting some last minute pointers from the judges before the UIL contest next Saturday. All the El Paso-area bands will compete in the state- sanctioned contest which this year will advance 2-, 4-, and 6-A bands to the Area marching band contests for each respective class.

Those contests will take place in Amarillo for the 2-As, Lubbock for the 4-As, and Odessa for the 6-As on October 27th.

Locally, there is plenty more action coming up in Band-tober. The aforementioned UIL contest is next Saturday, October 13, at the SAC. This contest will be for ratings, just as today’s contest was, with qualifying bands advancing to the Area round of contests on the 27th.

On October 20, bands from Texas and New Mexico will take the field again at the SAC for the SISD Marchfest. The Marchfest contest uses a 7- person judging panel and is a two-round contest.

After prelims, 6 bands from the small band class will advance to a finals round, while 8 bands in the large band class will advance. No division ratings are given at this contest. Instead, the bands are given numerical scores and ranked in first place, second place, and so on.

The experience of competing for those rankings will come in handy for the last weekend in October. The advancing bands attending the Area contests will be ranked, and the highest -placing bands will advance to the State marching band contest.

This contest is held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on November 5,6, and 7.

Meanwhile, most of those bands not advancing to Area contests will instead journey up to Las Cruces for the NMSU Tournament of Bands, also taking place on October 27th. This contest, too, uses a 7-person judging panel and a prelims/finals format.

The Tournament of Bands for many years has served as the penultimate contest for bragging rights around the area, and promises some amazing marching show action for local band fans.

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Author – Lorraine Kubala

The complete schedule can be viewed on the ‘Musical Notes- The Blog’ page on Facebook.  

Click here for a complete listing of all the ‘Bandtober’ Events

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Once again, the El Paso Herald-Post will be providing band fans with LIVE, STREAMING coverage of SISD’s Marchfest on October 20, 2018!   Our day-long coverage starts at 7:20 and goes on through the finals!

After Making Finals in Midland, Bel Air’s ‘Big Red Pride Band’ Sets Sights on Cali

Last weekend, the Bel Air band traveled to Midland, Texas to compete at the Bands of America West Texas regional championships.

The competition was a two-part contest with a preliminary round featuring 20 bands. The top 10 bands then advanced to the finals round.

The Big Red Pride Band distinguished itself by advancing to the finals round, and ended up placing 9th overall. What made the band’s accomplishment so great was the fact that they did this without performing their entire show, fielding only about three-quarters of their production ” Pillars of Life.”

Band director Manny Talamantes explained that he wanted the band to compete even at this early date in order to receive feedback from the judges to help improve the band’s overall performance.

The Highlanders performed first in the preliminary round, scoring a 64.1 for their early-morning performance. In the finals round they made an impressive improvement and posted a 67.45 score, which was the largest score bump at the contest.

Bel Air was the only band from El Paso competing in this particular contest. The band will travel one more time  to compete in the Bands of America Super Regional in Southern California on November 3.

Directors for the band include Manny Talamantes, Benjamin Perez, Luis Ibarra, Derek Andrade, and Melina Banuelos. Drum majors for the Highlander band include Belanna Castillo, Angel Ramos, and Jacob Leos.

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Author – Lorraine Kubala

For all things band and musical, visit Lorraine’s Facebook page: Musical Notes – The Blog

Bel Air Highlanders Set to Represent El Paso at Bands of America Contest Saturday

The first marching competition of the 2018 season starts Saturday, September 22, at the Bands of America West Texas Regional in Midland.

The Bel Air band will be the sole El Paso representative at this contest and will march in the first slot of the competition at 10:15 a.m. at Grande Communications Stadium.

The competition will feature 20 bands, with plenty of familiar names from west Texas, but a few others we don’t often see around here, which makes this contest worth considering. among the interesting bands appearing will be Birdville High School, Timber Creek High School, and Coppel High School.

These bands are all traveling from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and will be joined by lots of bands from the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas.

The contest is a prelims/finals format, and the top 10 highest-scoring bands will compete again in the finals round.

Bel Air will be performing their show ‘Pillars of Life,’ with music arrangments by El Pasoan Adam Castenada and drill by former El Pasoan Ivan De La Cruz. Directors of the Bel Air band include Manny Talamantes, Ben Perez, Luis Ibarra, and Derek Andrade. Flag instructor is Melina Banuelos.

If you cannot travel to see the contest in person, the event will be streaming on the FloMarching site online.

Prelims will go from 10:15 in the morning and the last band will step off at 4:15. Awards are slated for 4:45 and the finalists will be announced at that time.

Finals begin at 7:45, and will also be streamed at the Flomarching site.

If you are driving to Midland to see the bands live, a day pass for both rounds of competition is $27.00, with individual sessions priced at $15.00 for either prelims or finals.

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Author – Lorraine Kubala

For all things band and musical, visit Lorraine’s Facebook page: Musical Notes – The Blog

Story in Many Pics: Parkland Bests Bel Air 42-20

The Matadors traveled to Highlander country to take on the Big Red Machine Friday night.

Our very own Andres Acosta was on hand to watch the action, and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

Parkland at Bel Air, Highlander Stadium, El Paso Texas September 22, 2017
Parkland at Bel Air, Highlander Stadium, El Paso Texas September 22, 2017

TEA: Ysleta ISD High Schools Earn Most State Distinctions in El Paso

High schools in the Ysleta Independent School District earned the most state distinctions among all El Paso school districts in connection with this spring’s testing results, according to figures released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

All YISD schools achieved the rating of “Met Standard” in 2017 state test results, along with 7,830 campuses across Texas, TEA officials said.

By earning the “Met Standard” rating, schools were eligible to receive “Distinction Designations” for academic achievement in English/reading, math, science, and/or social studies; or for placing in the top 25% for student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness.

Ysleta High School was one of only two comprehensive high schools in the El Paso region to earn distinction designations in all seven areas.

In addition, three high schools (Bel Air, Del Valle, and Riverside) each earned distinction designations in six areas, while Eastwood and Hanks high schools earned distinctions in five areas.

Overall, YISD high schools earned a combined 42 distinction designations. By comparison, El Paso ISD high schools received 38, and Socorro ISD high schools received 15.

Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics.

Overall, six YISD campuses won every Distinction Designation available for their school type.

Lancaster, Vista Hills, and Ysleta elementary schools earned the maximum six distinctions for primary grades, while Camino Real Middle School, Eastwood Knolls International School, and Ysleta High School won all seven distinctions available for secondary grades.

TEA officials said only about 400 schools across the state earned all distinction designations available to their school type based on 2017 state test results.

“Amazing work takes place in classrooms across our state every school day, but especially on these campuses where every possible distinction has been earned,” said TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.

At the primary level, five YISD elementary schools earned five of six designations – they are Eastwood Heights, Glen Cove, North Star, Ramona, and Scotsdale. In addition, Eastwood Middle School earned distinctions in six of seven areas.

Ysleta ISD to sell Season Tickets for 2017 High School Football

For the second year in a row, high school football fans at the Ysleta Independent School District will be able to purchase 2017 season tickets that entitle them to reserved VIP seating at five home games, with priority being given to last year’s season ticketholders.

By purchasing season tickets, fans can enjoy watching home games from prime viewing areas not available to other ticketholders, such as the 50-yard line. In addition, season ticketholders sit in individual stadium seats featuring sturdy chair backs, rather than standard
bleacher seats.

Season tickets are $40 per person and will be sold to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to staffing variations at each high school, ticket sales will begin on different dates at different campuses. The schedule is as follows:

 Hanks, Eastwood, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, July 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 8.

 Bel Air and Del Valle high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, Aug. 7. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Tickets can only be purchased with cash through the business clerk at each high school on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets will not be sold Friday, Aug. 4, when YISD campuses are closed.

Season tickets are good only for home football games at the high school where the tickets were purchased.

Beginning Sept. 1, any reserved seats from unsold season tickets will be available for purchase on the Friday of each home game at a cost of $10 apiece.

For more information, call your high school or visit the district’s Athletics Department page.

Herald-Post Games of the Week: Bel Air v Eastwood | Mayfield v Del Valle | El Paso High v Hanks

Why settle for only one high school football game of the week? Check out the action our very own Andres Acosta captured at two of the most hard-hitting games in the Borderland Friday night.

Eastwood battled their YISD rival Bel Air, with the Troop taking the win 50 to 20; while Mayfield survived a rally from Del Valle 23 to 21.

Meanwhile over at Excalibur Stadium, photog Joe Najera caught the El Paso High Tigers beating the Hanks Knights 48 to 31.

Week 2: Bel Air at Eastwood
Week 2: Bel Air at Eastwood
Week 2: Mayfield at Del Valle
Week 2: Mayfield at Del Valle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bel Air High Students’ Shoe Art Among top 50 Vying for $50K Prize

The Bel Air High School art program is asking for the public to vote online to help them win a $50,000 grand prize for their school’s art program in the Vans Custom Culture art competition, which challenged students to customize four pairs of Vans shoes.

For the Vans competition, Bel Air HS students created designs with the following themes: Art, Music, Extreme Sports, and Local Flavor. The designs were inspired by the bicultural atmosphere of Texas and Mexico, mariachis, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and Hueco Tanks mountain-climbing.

After an initial round of judging, designs submitted by Bel Air HS were identified among the top 50 entries in the nation. The top 50 designs are on display online, by region, and the public is being asked to vote every day for their favorite design through 5 p.m. PST on May 11.

Bel Air’s designs can be found in the Southwest region.

Once the online votes are compiled, the top five finalists will be flown to Los Angeles in mid-June to showcase their designs to a panel of noted judges as they compete for the $50,000 grand prize, according to the contest rules.

This is the seventh year of the Vans Custom Culture art competition, which aims to inspire high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity and draw attention to the importance of arts as an integral part of our schools’ focus in the face of shrinking budgets.

The grand-prize winner will receive a $50,000 donation to their school’s art program, and Vans may develop a limited-edition sneaker based on the winning design.

Four runners-up will each receive $4,000 donations to their programs as well. Additional prize money will also be given to the school with the best Local Flavor design.

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