We here at El Paso Herald-Post are proud to bring you the replays of our streaming coverage of the 2017 SISD Marchfest.
“This program is like the halftime that doesn’t end, paired with day-long qualifying similar to what you’d see at Daytona or Indy,” said Chris Babcock, long-time play-by-play announcer.
“These kids, the directors, the parents and the pit crews have been working since mid-summer for this event, with their eyes on the prize of a state championship, as a 7-year-band dad I felt the time was right to give them the spotlight they deserve.”
Babcock was joined by Lorraine Kubala, retired band director and band blogger, for the special all day event.
The finals are above, while you can check out your favorite band during the prelims via the player below.
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As part of the Herald-Post’s mission to promote and educate the community on events throughout the Borderland region, and to support the schools and students from around our area, we are pleased to announce a new, live streaming program.
For the first time, Socorro ISD’s annual competition for bands – MarchFest – will be streamed live, from beginning to end on Saturday, October 21st.
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“This program is like the halftime that doesn’t end, paired with day-long qualifying similar to what you’d see at Daytona or Indy,” said Chris Babcock, long-time play-by-play announcer,”These kids, the directors, the parents and the pit crews have been working since mid-summer for this event, with their eyes on the prize of a state championship, as a 7-year-band dad I felt the time was right to give them the spotlight they deserve.”
“It’s competition in it’s purest form, with its very own soundtrack and dance…the perfect event to watch, either in person or via our streaming broadcast,” Babcock added.
Babcock will be joined by Lorraine Kubala, retired band director and band blogger, for the special all day event.
During the duration of the event, the broadcast will feature interviews with band directors, and select drum majors (as available) and – of course – plenty of music and performances.
The preliminaries will start at 8am sharp, and run through 3:30pm. Then the finals, with bands selected from the earlier event, start at 4:45pm. Below is the schedule of events for the individual bands.
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The Americas High School Marching Band will be in competition this week after advancing to the UIL State Championships last week.
“We are excited,” said Ron Pingor, SISD’s fine arts assistant director. “Over the last several years, our bands have been getting stronger and stronger. We have been consistently sending bands to state.”
Americas advanced to state after competing in the UIL Area Marching Band Contest on Oct. 29 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.
The Trailblazers will compete at the state competition, which features 6A marching bands, on Nov. 8-9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Americas joins two other El Paso-area schools – Coronado and Franklin – in San Antonio this week.
The competition alternates each year based on the classification of high schools so that all schools have an opportunity to advance to the UIL state contest. This year, 4A and 6A had the opportunity to compete and advance to state. Last year, 3A and 5A bands competed for state.
Three other SISD 6A marching bands also qualified for and competed in the area contest — Montwood, Socorro and El Dorado high schools.
Staff Report October 13, 2016NewsComments Off on Local Marching Bands gear up for UIL Region Contest at SISD’s SAC
The Socorro Independent School District will host the 2016 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Marching Band Region Contest at the SAC.
The competition will feature 30 bands from the El Paso region, including all six SISD high school bands. It will begin at 10 a.m. and will first feature Class 2A and 4A competition, followed by the Class 5A contest.
The 6A schools will compete last beginning at 6 p.m. Awards will be given after all schools from each class perform.
This year, Class 4A and Class 6A marching bands, who receive a division 1 rating, will move on to participate Oct. 29 in the 2016 UIL Area Contest at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.
In between the UIL Region and Area contests, SISD will sponsor the 26th Annual Marchfest. The competition on Oct. 22 at the SAC allows bands to fine tune their marching programs, Pingor said. Twenty-four bands will be participating in the all-day event under the watchful eye of eight judges.
“It is their last opportunity to compete before area and make sure everything is right and at the highest caliber,” said Ron Pingor, assistant director of fine arts for SISD. “It will be a great event.”
The event is open to the public, and offers great family entertainment. General admission fee is $5; children under the age of three are free.
What: 2016 UIL Marching Band Region Contest
Who: Regional high school bands, directors, parents and school administrators
Where: Student Athletic Complex (SAC) |1300 Joe Battle Blvd.
When:Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 – Performances begin at 10 a.m. See link for complete schedule