Gilmer High School Band: 14 Years of Perfection
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SENIOR MEMBERS of the Gilmer High School Band include, from left, Jace Daniel, Dakota Martinez, Rebecca Hudson, Taylor Mobley, Madeline Oller, Alex Hoffpauir, Bradena Ford, Iesha Fluellen and Megan Thompson. Seniors not pictured include Sean Keegan, Steven Lewis and Oscar Hernandez. In next photo, the band marches at the UIL contest last fall at Pirate Stadium in Longview. The GHS Band will give a free concert at the Civic Center Thursday night at 7.
Courtesy Photos
SENIOR MEMBERS of the Gilmer High School Band include, from left, Jace Daniel, Dakota Martinez, Rebecca Hudson, Taylor Mobley, Madeline Oller, Alex Hoffpauir, Bradena Ford, Iesha Fluellen and Megan Thompson. Seniors not pictured include Sean Keegan, Steven Lewis and Oscar Hernandez. In next photo, the band marches at the UIL contest last fall at Pirate Stadium in Longview. The GHS Band will give a free concert at the Civic Center Thursday night at 7.
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On March 5, 2014, the Gilmer High School Band competed in the Region 4, UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest and for the 14th year in a row, earned straight First Division Ratings in the Concert & Sight-reading portions of the Contest. By UIL definition, a first division rating is in the “Superior” category, the highest a group can earn. By earning straight First Division Ratings back in October at the Region 4 UIL Marching Contest, the Buckeye Band once again has earned the prestigious “UIL Sweepstakes” award.

A panel of judges, all members of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, listened to the band in each category and their comments include: “Beautiful sonorous, mature sounds from this talented group of students! Congratulations to you and your fine director for this outstanding performance. Much technical demand in this program and it is all handled very well, bravo! Gorgeous ensemble sound, I loved it! I really enjoyed hearing you today, keep up the great work in Gilmer, Texas!”

In addition to the Superior Ratings earned in each UIL Contest this year, the band also earned First Division Ratings, Bobby Goff Superior Performance and placed third overall at the National Association of Military Marching Bands Competition; First Division Ratings at the Yamboree Marching Contest; all six Gilmer High School twirlers earned Superior Ratings at the Region 4 UIL Twirling Contest; placed 20 students in the ATSSB All Region band (this was the most students placed in the band by any competing school); had two students earn a place in the ATSSB Texas All State Band; earned 50 Superior Ratings at UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest and had 25 students qualify for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. Several Senior band members have earned college scholarships to universities of their choice.

“We are just super proud of our kids in the band program here in Gilmer. They are really deserving of the great reputation they have earned at the state level for the work they have done. To be consistently superior in every avenue of performance and competition speaks volumes for their dedication. We appreciate so much our administration, booster club and the community for all the opportunities our kids have to excel” stated band director Eric Gray.

The High School Band will be in concert Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Gilmer Civic Center. The concert is free and the public is invited.

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