Band competes at UIL with mixed results

Nylin McGowan

Rusk Eagle Band competed in the UIL regional marching band contest Oct. 16 at Longview High School. 

The band performed in front of three judges and received a rainbow, which is band terminology for receiving a perfect score from one judge, a two, which would be considered as a decent score, from a second judge and a three, which is moderate, from the third judge, resulting in an average score of two. 

 As a military band, one of the most important aspects of competition is that all members must be in sync and work together. 

“Mr. Blankenship likes to say it’s the ultimate team sport,” senior drumline member Connor Thornton said.

But besides the hard work, students enjoyed the chance to interact and communicate with other bands.

“It was fun to compete against the other schools and to meet other schools and the new people there,” Connor said. 

Overall, band members had positive feelings about the competition in general.

“I think that UIL is a great opportunity for everyone to meet other people and compete with other schools,” sophomore Jonah Johnston, who plays french horn, said. “It’s a great opportunity to go past your limits and prove to others that you can do more than they think you can.”