Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2011 the Dawson Middle School Symphonic Band (pictured left) boarded busses and headed out to Little Elm HS to compete at the annual UIL Concert and Sightreading competition for Non-Varsity bands. The 50 band members had a great warm-up and then took the stage to perform their program of “Valley Forge March: by John Edmondson, “Kenya Contrasts” by William Himes and “Steppes of Russia” by Elliot Del Borgo. According to Dawson Middle School Band Director David Stone, this program was one of the most difficult to be performed by any of the bands. “The judges were very impressed and gave the band straight ones (superior ratings!)” said Stone.
After the concert portion, the band immediately headed to the band hall and prepared to sightread. With just 7 minutes to look at a brand new piece of music, Eubanks Band Director Eric Guerrero and his students got down to business and really focused on all the details. After their time was up, they performed the piece to near perfection. Again, all three judges gave them ones, with nothing but great comments.
Friday, April 1, the DMS Wind Ensemble (pictured left) loaded busses and headed to Wakeland HS in Frisco to compete at the Varsity level of the UIL Concert and Sightreading competition. The 55 band members warmed up in the choir room and then headed to the stage to perform their program of “Amparito Roca” by Jaimie Texidor, “Contre Qui, Rose” by Martin Laurdisen and “Choreography” by Robert Sheldon. The band did an outstanding job on these three very difficult pieces and once again received straight ones from all three judges. Their next step was to head over to the band hall and perform a level three piece for the sightreading portion of the competition.Once again, the judges were impressed and gave the band top marks.
For the second year in a row, DMS was one of only 5 schools that received straight ones in Concert and Sightreading with both the Non-Varsity and Varsity band.