State performance in the books; band’s youth inspires optimism

Staff Writer

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Another San Benito High School Mighty Greyhound Marching Band performance at the UIL State Marching Band Championships is in the books.

The band placed 33rd out of 37 bands at the Championships, held Tuesday at the Alamodome in San Antonio – this after placing second at the Area competition the week prior.

SBHS Head Band Director Marc Perea said, “I felt really good about how the kids performed.”

He said that the band was very young this year, specifically consisting of roughly 60 percent freshmen.

“So I feel really hopeful for the next go-around,” he said, adding that, “the majority of the people that were at the state marching contest will be at the next marching contest.”

Perea added that the band’s exposure to State was “an excellent growing” experience.

This also helps establish a tradition of excellence in San Benito qualifying for State. Perea considers as much among “the most rewarding experiences.”

“I think they (the judges) were looking for something different at the contest,” said Perea.

When asked about the judging, Perea said, “I try not to get too caught up in it, but…I’m really happy with how the students have done.”

He is already looking forward to the band’s next shot at State, which will be 2016.


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