A half-dozen bands in Longview ISD earned sweepstakes awards in recent weeks showing “the success of all of our programs,” according to the district’s head band director.

Seven bands from the district competed in the region 21 University Interscholastic League (UIL) concern and sight-reading contests for various grade levels, and all bands received a first division for the concert contest. Six of the bands took home the sweepstakes aware.

“I believe that hard work from our students and staff is paying off and it’s been a joy to see the success of all of our programs,” Rhonda Daniel said.

Rhonda Daniel said the criteria for the sweepstakes award in the Longview High School category required No. 1 division ratings in the marching band contest, concert contest and the sight-reading contest. The rest of the bands had to obtain a No. 1 rating for concert and sight reading.

Bands from Foster Middle School, Forest Park Middle School, Judson Middle School and Longview High School participated.

Sophomore Lailah Johnson and senior Joel Rincon, varsity members of the high school band, said it feels to receive the accomplishment after hours of dedication and practice.

“It feels amazing,” Rincon said. “We spent countless hours practicing on our own as well as in a band. It’s just an amazing feeling to get to experience getting that award.”

Other school districts who participated in the contest were Arp, Bullard, Cumberland Academy in Tyler, Chapel Hill, Hallsville, Henderson, Jacksonville, Lindale, Tyler, Troup, Whitehouse and Winona.

Local school districts’ results can be found at uilregion21.org.

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