Porter band competes in 6A competition; prepares for UIL ‘Cloudscapes’ performance

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Samantha Cerda, Staff Writer

The Porter Spartan Band traveled to Conroe, Texas, on Saturday, September 25, to compete in the Bands of America competition. This was the first time in New Caney ISD history that a band has competed in that competition. Although the band didn´t make the finals,  they placed 21st out of 23 against many 6A districts. The band competed against 6A schools, even though Porter is a 5A school district. The purpose of attending that competition was to collect feedback on how to improve the concert. For the BOA competition, the judging and criteria were much different than most competitions Porter has attended, but the experience was worth it.

Porter band is a two time all-state band that consistently receives division ones at UIL marching and ensemble concerts. The band competes in the UIL Area Competition every other year for a position in the all-state marching competition in San Antonio, Texas. Fortunately, the band will compete in this tournament this season again. This competition will be taking place on October 23, 2021.

¨I think the community should continue to expect the Porter Spartan Band to continue to blow a lot of people away with the type of music that we’re playing. We’re determined to win. They should expect the band to always be at their best,¨ said Andrew Gold, senior and trumpet section leader.

¨Cloudscapes¨ is the title for this year’s band show and features music from Cloudbursts & Windsprints, Sheltering Sky, and Bright Blue Music. All of these music choices create a beautiful cloud-themed, sky-inspired show. Although the band hasn’t yet completed nor perfected the show, they´ve been working hard to once again hopefully make state this year. From early mornings to late nights, the band is working hard to not get out rehearsed. 

¨I’m really looking forward to seeing how the freshmen improve and how the rest of our band will work together to look even better for all of our competitions,” said junior flute player Angelica Escalante. “The competitions might be intimidating but I trust in the fact that we will all work together to look better than any of the other schools.¨

The band will finish off their semester at the final four varsity football games and will continue to practice weekly to perfect their upcoming UIL competition. Along with the game performances until October 23rd, the band also has the chance to perform in the Texas State Marching Contest. If they make the top two bands at the Area F competition on Oct. 23, they will travel to San Antonio, Texas, and perform at the Alamodome to compete in the Texas State Marching Contest.