Band shines at state contest

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Both the varsity and JV bands for Madisonville High School traveled to Groesbeck for the UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest on March 1 and showcased memorable performances.

Both bands earned Sweepstakes awards and varsity received a perfect score for the second straight year. The varsity concert band has also now qualified for the Sweepstakes award for 13 years in a row.

“I’m so proud of everyone involved with these incredible accomplishments,” said band director Stephanie Schmidt. “It takes a very talented group to earn a perfect score here two years in a row.”

The varsity band was under the direction of Smith as well as Cameron Kidder. The JV band was under then direction of Greg Brown and Brianna Perry. In total, the collective band performed three songs that they have been practicing for months before they had to play a song that was given to them on the spot.

The concerts were rated by six judges, who were very complimentary of the Madisonville performers.

“You are the first and only band who truly played a superior performance today,” wrote one of the judges after Madisonville rounded out the two day competition with their performance.

The band now sets their sites on Disney World this June and are still accepting donations for the trip as well as student sponsorships. Anyone interested in contributing should contact Schmidt or send to Madisonville High School P.O. Box 879.

“We thank our community and the MCISD administration for the continued support of our program,” said Schmidt. “We are truly blessed to be a part of such an awesome community like Madisonville.”

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