UIL judges awarded the band a Sweepstakes honor – with straight Division One ratings – during the October 20 competition at Channelview ISD Stadium. This is the highest rating that can be achieved for marching band in the state of Texas.
“These kids put in sometimes 18 hour days between school, rehearsals, Friday night football games and Saturday marching contests,” said Matt Burke, La Porte ISD’s director of performing and visual arts. “One of the proudest aspects I get to experience is to look out onto the field and see that, with all these hours the kids and directors put in, they have such a passion to maintain their grades and are academically eligible to represent our community at the highest levels.”
In the week prior, the band earned a runner-up spot in a pre-UIL invitational contest.
Doug Eger is in his first year as head band director. He is assisted by Mark Fennell and William Lehman, who is also in his first year at La Porte.The Area contest is slated for 11:30 a.m., October 27 at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster. Admission is $5 at the gate.