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The CISD band program is one of the most recognized organizations in the district. The success of the CISD band program begins at Irma Marsh Middle School where students entering the 6th grade have the choice to begin their band career. Irma Marsh provides beginning band instruction for all 6th graders, and all 7th and 8th grade band members audition for the Concert, Symphonic, or Honor Bands. Students entering the 9th grade audition for the Marching Band or Colorguard for fall semester and all high school band students audition for the Concert, Symphonic or Honor Bands for the spring semester.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Lion Band for making all "ONE's" at UIL on Saturday, October 17!!!
On Saturday, October 10, the CHS Lion Band competed with 22 other groups at the Paluxy Valley Marching Festival in Glen Rose, Texas. While the band received good scores from the two marching judges in prelims, their music scores were extremely high from the three music judges helping them land a 4th place overall finish in this phase of the competition. Of course this fine showing qualified the band to advance to the Finals competition later that evening. Though the band’s Finals performance was nothing short of outstanding, they were not quite able to pull off the ultimate win from there. The band was commended by several judges for their exemplary Finals performance. Additionally, the Lion Band Drum Majors Conor Castro, Lindsay Carballo, and Rito Valdez were able to pull off a win as they received the award as the Most Outstanding Drum Majors.
On Saturday, October 17, the Lion Band competed at the annual UIL Marching band contest, again in Glen Rose, Texas, where the band was awarded the coveted First Division Superior rating for their performance. In his comments, one judge declared the Lion Band to be “the band of the day,” and the ‘buzz’ among the spectators in the stands was very positive. This is the culmination of work which began as far back as July when the group began their ‘two a days’ working both marching techniques and playing.
The UIL only holds state marching contest for each class on an every other year basis, and this is not the year for class 4A, so this region level competition is the final one this band will attend as a marching unit. Though the band can hardly take a breath to rest as we will of course have several more football games to attend as well as beginning the transition to concert season, preparing for solo and ensemble contest, and working with individuals as they prepare their all-state band audition etudes. The Castleberry HS Band continues to win, building upon the tradition of excellence that has been in place for many years running.