WBU band hosts UIL marching contest

PLAINVIEW - Students from Wayland Baptist University's Pioneer Marching Band are hosting their third straight weekend of marching band events, with the Area UIL marching contest planned for Saturday, Oct. 25, in Bulldog Stadium.

The contest is a follow-up to last Saturday's Region XVI contest for A and AA bands and features many of those qualifying bands competing at the next level. A total of 23 bands will be performing, with judging by band officials from around the state. The competition will begin at noon with the 1A schools, and will run through 7 p.m. with the presentation of 2A awards.

Visiting bands from 1A, in order of performance, are as follows: Clarendon, Whiteface, McCamey, Sunray, Sudan, Sundown, Iraan-Sheffield, Smyer, Stratford and Plains. Awards for the 1A schools will be announced at 2:45 p.m. Participating 2A schools include, in order of performance: Abernathy, Idalou, Canadian, West Texas, Tahoka, Panhandle, Boys Ranch, Van Horn, Alpine, Seagraves, Roosevelt, Forsan and Crane. Awards for 2A will be announced at 7 p.m.

A full schedule with specific times can be accessed via the Wayland Web site at www.wbu.edu . A link to the band festival is on the home page.

The Pioneer band began the month of band events on Oct. 11 with their annual Plainview Pioneer Marching Festival, co-hosted by Plainview High School and bringing in 38 bands from around the area, performing in preparation for UIL competition. Tim Kelley, director of instrumental music studies at Wayland, said his students have operated most all facets of the festival and the following UIL events and felt the invitation to host two UIL contests was a tribute to their hard work and smooth running of the festival.

Visitors are welcome to watch the bands perform. Admission to Bulldog Stadium is $2 for adults and $1 for students.