Thursday, October 22, 2020

Dragon Band Makes History at UIL Region 31 Concert

Carroll Concert Bands traveled to Ranchview High School in Irving on April 17-18 to compete in the UIL Region 31 Concert and Sight Reading Assessment. Each ensemble performed three prepared songs on stage for three judges and then moved to a sight reading room to perform a song never rehearsed before in front of three different judges. All four concert ensembles received First-Division “Superior” ratings both on stage and in sight reading. This marks the first time that Carroll has had four high school concert bands achieve this honor in the same year.

They four bands to achieve this honor are:

  • Symphonic Winds White (Sub Non Varsity) – Gary Barnard, Director
  • Symphonic Winds Green (Sub Non Varsity) – Ken Johnson, Director
  • Wind Ensemble (Non Varsity) – Gary Barnard, Director
  • Wind Symphony (Varsity) – Ken Johnson, Director

This past fall, the Carroll Dragon Marching Band received all Superior ratings at the Region 31 UIL Marching Assessment. The combination of Superior ratings for the Varsity programs at both the fall marching assessment and spring concert and sight reading contests resulted in the Carroll Dragon Band receiving the highly-coveted “UIL Sweepstakes” trophy.

On April 19-20, Carroll and Dawson Middle School bands traveled to Richland High School to compete in the middle school Region 31 UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest. All five concert bands received “Superior” ratings both on stage and in sight reading.

They five concert band are are:

  • Carroll Middle School Symphonic Band – (Non Varsity) – Anna Lee Moore, Director
  • Carroll Middle School Wind Ensemble – (Varsity) – Bethni Lown, Director
  • Dawson Concert Band (Sub Non Varsity) – Becky Click, Director
  • Dawson Symphonic Band (Non Varsity) – Eric Guerrero, Director
  • Dawson Wind Ensemble (Varsity) – Becky Click, Director

This marks the first time in Carroll ISD history that ten different ensembles in the Carroll Dragon Band program have received Superior ratings at UIL contests.