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Tiger Band Earns 1st Division Rating

The Smithville Tiger Band just finished their marching season, earning has an unprecedented 11 consecutive 1st Division ratings in UIL Marching. That’s 18 firsts out of the past 19 years.
Now they’ve turned their attention to concert band, where they plan to earn their 13th consecutive 1st Division in Concert and 9th consecutive in Sight Reading at the next UIL competition, leading to their 9th Sweepstakes designation in a row.

“We just sat in our chairs Monday, Nov. 9,” said Band Director Wayne King.

Currently working on the Holiday Concert, Mr. King revealed the band will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 15th, in the main cafetorium located at 800 Bishop Street.

With 112 students in band, Mr. King said he only had 99 chairs in the band hall and had to scrounge more on the first day of school.

“It’s a big band,” he said. “Some of it is class sizes, and some if it is retaining the kids. That’s 20 percent of the high school.”

Aside from the class time and competitions the band keeps busy as a group with Mr. King and his staff supporting them all.

In October the band competed in marching in Edna and in Austin as warmups for the UIL competition at the end of the month.

Supporting the Tigers at pep rallies and the games, both at home and away, the band performed their last half-time show for the school year in November at the final football game of the season in Salado.

To close out the fall semester students will be marching in the Festival of Lights parade Saturday, Dec. 5th, competing for seats in the All-Region Band on Dec. 12, and finally the tuba section will participate in Tuba Christmas on the State Capital steps in Austin on Dec. 21 for the third consecutive year.
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