Band practice begins for contest season
BY CHRISTINA DERR
In preparation for a busy fall – which they hope includes a fourth consecutive trip to the UIL State Marching Championships – the Sound of Springtown began band camp early Monday morning July 30.
The five-day camp is just the first part of preparing the group for their marching season which – in addition to performing at every football game – will include performances at town events and several contests.
This year’s marching program is entitled “Seize the Knight.”
The first contest is for the drumline at the Hurst Euless Bedford Drumline competition Sept. 15.
That morning the entire band will march in the annual Wild West Festival parade.
The following week the drumline again competes – this time in Plano Sept. 22.
Two days later, Monday, Sept. 24, the band will march in the annual homecoming parade.
Oct. 6 marks the first marching competition – Sounds of Fall Marching Contest in Princeton.
The next week, SOS hosts its own competition – the annual Sound of Springtown Marching Contest – at Porcupine Stadium Oct. 13.
The UIL contest and the true road to state starts the following week.
The UIL Region Contest which will be held again in SOS’ home stadium.
Advancing from that contest allows the group a chance to compete for a state berth at the UIL Area Contest Oct. 27.
In Texas high school marching state championships are held biennially.
In each of the last three of their eligible years, the band has advanced to state – and twice SOS made the finals for their classification.
In 2012, the band returned to the state contest for the first time since 2005. They advanced to the finals and finished as the tenth best band in Texas.
In 2014, the band again advanced to the state contest, and only missed out on a finals appearance by one point.
In 2016, the band again made the finals, finishing ninth overall.
This year’s state contest will take place Nov. 6-7 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.