Bovina band scores big in UIL competition


astering a skill can be tough, and take a lot of time.

But what a feeling when you finally do it, and get recognized for it.

It's the feeling the Bovina High School band is enjoying this week.

Last Thursday, March 1st, the band competed in some tough Region 16 UIL contests, and when it was over, they got glowing reviews.

Pronews 7 is featuring these students in this week's Region 16 Spotlight Education report.

Bovina's band traveled to Lubbock-Cooper High School last week. And earned straight division one superior ratings in both the concert and sight reading events.

But that's not all, they also received the UIL small sweepstakes music award.

"We made straight ones in both concert and sight readings it was the first time in 8 years this school's history that we a one at UIL," said Brad Walker, Head Band Director.

"It feels really good we haven't gotten a one in a really long time since we've been in the band, that's what we've been working toward," said Heather Miller, Bovina High School Junior.

"Pretty awesome. I remember we'd always go and we'd all be excited but once we got the results in we wouldn't get ones we'd all get really sad," said Luis Salazar, Bovina High School Junior.

And then, the more difficult task, sight reading.

"You go into a room, you're judged by three judges on a piece of music you have never seen before," said Walker.

But the band is sad no more. In fact, Walker says when the judges commented on the band's overall performance, they said Bovina was rock solid.

"The music that we pick it's not a, it's not super easy we really have to work at it to get it right. And we have a bunch of really young kids in our band. We actually have 7th and 8th graders in our high school band and they work really hard to be able to play at high school level," said Miller.

One of the pieces of music the band performed was called, "Tammy's March". It was composed by Brad Walker, in honor of the late mustang band booster president Tammy Knoll.