KERRVILLE, TEXAS – Students in the Blue and Spike bands of Hal Peterson Middle School performed their UIL Concert and Sightreading competition pieces at Boerne Champion High School on Monday, April 1. Both groups earned the coveted Sweepstakes Award and trophy for Superior Performance. Based on available UIL Band archives, this is the first time ever that both Peterson bands received the Sweepstakes Award in the same year.
The Blue Band is directed by Mr. Nick Rodriguez. Their prepared program included Captain Dane March by William Owens, Dancing Kites by Chris Bernotas, and Joy by Frank Ticheli. The Spike Varsity Band is directed by Susie Jaksik. Their program included Excelsior! by Owens, Irish folk song Down by the Salley Gardens arranged by Michael Sweeney, and Summer Resounding by Brian Balmages.
Each group is evaluated by six judges; three evaluate the prepared stage performance, and three others evaluate the band’s sightreading skills. An overall Sweepstakes Award is a great honor, but both Blue and Spike Bands received a Superior rating from each of the six judges.
“The band is so very musical and this selection was so well done. This was fun to hear,” Judge Ben Chasen wrote.
Both groups have put in dozens of hours in preparation, including early morning and after school sectional rehearsals to reach the superior performance level.
“It is so gratifying to see the students’ perseverance result in a rise to a new level of excellence, and to have their success communicated to them in such a dynamic way,” Head Band Director for HPMS, Susie Jaksik said.