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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.


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


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!

UIL Announces Realignment for 2018-19, 2019-20 High School Seasons

While we may be months away from High School football, February 1st is an important day in the State of Texas, as the University Interscholastic League (UIL) releases the new alignments for all high school sports.

While football takes a chunk of the spotlight, all sports are touched by the realignment.  Here in  the Sun City, the biggest change is in the 1-5A and 2-5A Districts.

As seen in the last realignment, the large schools are in division one, while the smaller 5-A schools are now split into two districts within 2-5A.  Additionally in this round, El Dorado drops from 6A to join the large schools in 1-5A

These new alignments are good for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school years.

1-A | Division Two |District 5 (Six-Man Football)

Dell City
Imperial Buena Vista
Sierra Blanca

2-A |Division Two |District 1
Van Horn

3-A | Division One | District 1

Denver City

3-A | Division Two | District 1

Big Lake Reagan Co.

4-A | Division One | District 1

Mountain View
San Elizario

5-A | Division One | District 1

Bel Air
Del Valle
El Dorado

5-A | Division Two | District 1


5-A | Division Two | District 2

El Paso

6-A | Divison One | District 1

Pebble Hills

1A Basketball | 2A Basketball | 3A Basketball | 4A Basketball |  5A Basketball

2A Volleyball |  3A Volleyball  |  4A Volleyball  |   5A Volleyball

As for the school population cut-off numbers, below is a breakdown, along with the number of schools in each division, courtesy UIL.

UIL Reclassification and Realignment | Conference Cutoff Numbers 

6A 2190 and above:  254 schools (Basketball); 252 schools (Football)
5A 1150 – 2189:        253 schools (Basketball); 252 schools (Football)
4A 505 – 1149:          189 schools (Basketball); 182 schools (Football)
3A 225 – 504:            232 schools (Basketball); 211 schools (Football)
2A 105 – 224:             198 schools (Basketball); 187 schools (Football)
1A 104.9 and below:  212 schools (Basketball); 142 schools (Football)

Story+Video: Coronado, Franklin Marching Bands Headed to State

Just before dawn, the powerful sounds of brass and woodwinds fill the air surrounding Franklin and Coronado high schools as their respective marching bands fine tune their routines for state competition next week.

Coronado placed second and Franklin third at the UIL area competition last week to advance to the UIL state competition in the San Antonio Alamodome next week.

Both marching bands will face off against dozens of marching bands from throughout Texas. This marks the first state competition for the Franklin marching band.

“We are just extremely proud of the whole band for giving it their all, especially during that final performance,” senior and drum major Shania Cordova said. “Everyone here is so hardworking. The band is just fantastic.”

While it is Coronado’s 10th trip to the state competition, the students are proud to be representing El Paso alongside their neighboring high school.

“We don’t really have a rivalry. All the marching bands, we connect with each other,” Coronado senior Natasha Marcum said. “At every game, we make sure we introduce ourselves.”

Coronado band practicing for state.
Coronado band practicing for state.

It is the drum major’s second trip to state. Coronado earned a spot in the state competition two years ago when Marcum was a sophomore.

“We are just planning on going out there and like Mr. Saenz always says ‘we are going to play our game and do our best,'” she said.

Drum major Victoria Vasquez, who also marched at state as a sophomore, believes this year’s band is even stronger and more ready for state competition than before.

“I think we are a lot more prepared than we were two years ago. Our music is a lot better and our marching has gotten a lot better,” Vasquez said. “We pick out new shows every year and I believe this year it’s a more professional show for that specific contest. This band loves to compete and this is what our final goal was for the season. We are just happy to go.”

Franklin fine tunes its routine for state.
Franklin fine tunes its routine for state.

The Franklin band, inspired by their band directors Bruce Beach and Daniel Allen, even created a mantra last year dedicated to them.

“We have a saying since last year, ‘take Beach to state,'” senior Genesis Luevanos said. “It feels great to be able to finally do this for Mr. Beach and Mr. Allen.”

Beach, however, gives all the credit to his students for their commitment to success.

“This is quite a momentous occasion,” Beach said. “I am very proud of them. They’ve worked really hard this year. It has nothing to do with me. It’s all about them. We are blessed.”

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