The McGregor High School marching band competed in the State UIL Marching contest at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio Monday afternoon where they placed 17th in the preliminary round of competition.
Although they didn’t make the finals, they should be congratulated for advancing all the way to state. Many long hours of practice from the directors and the students paid off with a trip to state. A large send-off crowd gathered at the lawn of the high school gymnasium Sunday afternoon to see the band members off and wish them well in the competition.
Many of the band fans held signs and yelled words of encouragement as the band members, directors and sponsors loaded onto the two charter buses.
One of the first stops in San Antonio was to Mi Tierra’s to dine on some authentic Mexican food. The band performed around 1 p.m. at the Alamo Dome. The fans in attendance reported that the band performed very well among the 20 bands competing. It was then a waiting game until the results of the finalists were named at 5:30 p.m.
Whitesboro High School won first in the state competition followed by Cameron in 2nd place and Clifton placed 7th. Superintendent Kevin Houchin reported Whitesboro had 156 members in their band and performed a military routine. Only 10 bands out of 20 advanced to the finals.
“The outpouring of support from the community, administration and the student body has been overwhelming,” Band Director Tim Grace emphasized. “It almost leaves me speechless. McGregor has always supported the band at contests and in the stands on Friday nights. The kids have learned about the results of hard work and reaching toward your goals. I couldn’t have asked any more of them. We have such a wonderful staff of dedicated directors in Jay Weems, Greg Vaughn and Darlene Arp.”
Grace was very appreciative of the 20 sponsors who accompanied the band to San Antonio and the great send-off at the high school on Sunday afternoon. Citizens, cheerleaders, parents, and supporters of the band showed up in good numbers and this outpouring of community support visibly touched band members. “The Band Booster Club has been very supportive throughout the season making sure the kids were taken care of and we definitely appreciate that,” Grace commented. “The administration was present for the state contest as were many other parents and friends of the band. Your presence was sincerely appreciated.”
“I’ve been with a lot of schools, but McGregor kids are the best,” Grace said. “We just didn’t have to worry about these guys. We received numerous compliments when we were at Mi Tierra’s on how the kids behaved. They represented McGregor ISD very well.”
Supt. Kevin Houchin also had a few words to say. “I’m very proud of our band program and it is a growing program. The kids are excited, the community is excited, and the board and I ware very pleased. We are expecting the band program to continue to grow and we’re expecting great things from them in the future. With the bond issue that was passed we’ve invested in some new instruments and will be renovating the band hall.”
On a separate note, Grace wanted to point out there will be a Christmas concert in December and information can be found on the school’s web site.