Gilmer Buckeye Band scores perfection in UIL Region and NAMMB State Contests
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BUCKEYE BAND performs at halftime of the Gilmer game against Henderson at Lobo Stadium on Saturday night, Oct. 12.
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BUCKEYE BAND performs at halftime of the Gilmer game against Henderson at Lobo Stadium on Saturday night, Oct. 12.
The Gilmer High School Band earned straight first division ratings at the Region 4 UIL Marching Contest held at Pine Tree High School on Thursday, Oct. 24. This is the seventh year in a row the band has earned a first division rating at the UIL region contest, has earned a first division rating 13 out of the last 14 years as well as advancing to the UIL Area finals last year.

The band performed Carrollton March by King, March Independentia by Hall and Robinson's Grand Entry by King while performing in the precise military marching fashion that has been the tradition in Gilmer for the last 87 years.

Some of the judges comments were "Great sounds from all sections; Excellent woodwind technique; This is a really fine band!; Excellent sounds throughout the band; So well taught, congratulations to all involved in this great band!"

The band also competed in the Texas State Military Marching Contest hosted by the National Association of Military Marching Bands Nov. 2 at SFA and also received straight First Division ratings and placed third in the 3A classification. Judges comments from that contest included: "I'm very impressed with the preparation and contribution of all the sections within the band! Beautiful ensemble sound. Really a fine band and I really enjoyed your performance today. Great attention to the style and clarity of some really difficult musical lines. Strong fundamentals shown today- lots of individual effort and PRIDE shown! A well planned and prepared performance."

Band director Eric Gray stated "What can you say about the Gilmer Band kids except great job once again. We take a lot of pride in our organization to consistently perform and win at the highest levels and it just keeps getting better. Thanks to our administration, parents, community and the kids involved for making the most of the opportunities we are given. Our motto this year is "The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection" and the kids have just really taken ownership of it and pushed to become perfect. It is fun to watch them grow and be a part of it along side with them."
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