The year 2021 will be remembered as the first time all six Lamar Consolidated ISD high school bands qualified for the UIL Area Marching Contest.
Ram Estrada, LCISD Director of Performing and Visual Arts, spoke in jubilation for the nearly 900 students able to balance their work inside the classroom, during rehearsal and in competitions.
“I can’t say enough positive things about the commitment from our students and their parents to meeting the expectations of achieving superior ratings at the UIL Region Marching Contest,” Estrada said. “We’re also very proud of the support from the Lamar CISD Board of Trustees and our administrative staff – it’s their support that has helped Lamar CISD be nationally recognized as one of the NAMM Foundation’s (National Association of Music Manufacturers) Best Communities for Music Education.”
The 5A bands, Lamar, Terry, Foster, Fulshear, competed at the 5A Area E UIL Contest at Katy ISD Legacy Stadium Saturday.
“We are very happy to have made a 1st Division Rating at our UIL Region Contest, and are thrilled the students get to compete at Area.” Terry Assistant Band Director Justin Poirier said. “The Terry Band students have worked hard to achieve their goals as a band program, and we can’t wait to see where they go from here. Please wish us luck as we compete this Saturday.”
Randle High School travels to Corpus Christi Oct. 30 for the 4A Area E UIL Contest at Calallen Wildcat Stadium while George Ranch High School competes at the 6A Area E UIL Contest at Clear Creek ISD Columbia-Challenger Stadium.
One band for every five competing at the Area UIL Contests will have the chance to advance to the UIL State Marching Band Contest, which is Nov. 1-3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Estrada credited all the directors and parents who gave their time to bring these students to this unique opportunity.
“Congratulations to our students and their band directors for reaping the rewards of countless hours of practice,” Estrada said. “Thank you to parents for supporting your children at after-school rehearsals, Saturday contests, and late-night pick-ups at school after football games.”