By JACOB LOPEZ
The San Benito High School Mighty Greyhound Marching Band recently placed third overall at the Vista Ridge Marching Festival in Austin on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The band placed second in the 6A division and third overall in the preliminaries contest, according to San Benito High School Band Director Mark Perea.
“We placed under two state champions,” said Perea.
The festival included marching bands from all over central Texas, says Perea.
The band’s performance came ahead of the annual Pigskin Jubilee Marching Contest, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, at Bobby Morrow Stadium in San Benito. Should the band receive a Division 1 rating at Pigskin, it qualifies for Area competition. After finals, bands qualify for state, according to Perea.
It was in 2012 that the Greyhound band made program history by qualifying for the state competition, a first for the school.
The marching band will headline the Pre-Pigskin contest, which will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, where 27 bands will perform at Bobby Morrow Stadium.