L-K band competes in UIL
The air sizzled as 48 band kids climbed into the bus, some skipping a step in their haste to get a good seat. Today they were charged. They were escaping the drudgery of everyday school to strut their stuff at UIL Marching Contest in Mt. Pleasant. Fifteen minutes later, the bus rolled out as some ate sticky donuts, some settled in for a nap, others plugged in their earphones, while the more enthusiastic ones took one for the team and started the party.
While the students are very well- trained in packing up the necessary accoutrements for the competition, few trips are ever without a mishap or two. Wrong shoes brought by mistake and the absence of some hats were met with Mr. Williams’ motto (borrowed from a Clint Eastwood movie) – they “improvised, adapted, and overcame.” The moment they marched out onto the field, they were ready and confident.
For the freshmen and eighth grade members of the band, this competition was a first time experience. Eighth grader Dennis Turner remarked that he felt they were just as good as the other bands.
After performing their show “Outlaws”, the band loaded up for lunch then returned to the competition for scores and learning tips from watching other bands. Flutist Camdyn McNutt stated, “I liked the experience. Watching other bands helped me visualize what we can do.” While those bands were remarkable, the L-K High School band was equally impressive, bringing home 2-2-1 scores from the three UIL judges – the closest L-K has come to getting a UIL marching contest trophy since 2005.
A few weeks earlier, the band also went to the Four States Marching Contest in Texarkana, where drum major Courtney Givens earned a 1st Division trophy, and the band, percussion, and color guard earned 2nd division. These accomplishments are a tribute to the fact that hard work does indeed “play” off.