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Band enjoys fourth straight gold at UIL

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Mwape Chintankwa and Jackie Wostrel/For the Denton Record-Chronicle

The Denton High School Band received all top ratings at a recent UIL competition held for area schools at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

The superior earning of all “1” ratings, Oct. 20, by the three judges this year was the first time since 2006 that a group of DHS seniors has earned that distinction during all four years of their high school careers.

“I’m extremely proud, especially for the seniors,” Brian Wilson, director of bands, said. “This is four years in a row that the seniors went to this competition and got a first division, and that’s a huge step. It’s not given out to every single band. It’s a very tough thing to achieve, and I’m very proud they pulled it off.”

The rankings are determined on several criteria, such as sound and formation. Each school is responsible for selecting its own music and then performing it on the field.

“The judges thought we executed our show well and that, overall, we had a package that was deemed satisfactory,” Wilson said. “The effort these kids have put forth this year has been outstanding. It’s been one of the best groups I have had the pleasure of teaching and working with.”

Marching season begins in August, before school starts, and doesn’t end until after the football season finishes.

“The kids learn at such a high level and retain the information every time I ask them to remember something,” Wilson said. “They are able to pick it up really quickly. I’m so proud of these kids, and I was ecstatic on Saturday.”

After having to wait for the results, band member, sophomore, Grant Gorman, echoed Wilson’s statement.

“The feeling of elation was so great that I jumped for joy,” Gorman said.

MWAPE CHINTANKWA is a senior at Denton High School and JACKIE WOSTREL is a freshman at Denton High. Both students are participants in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.