The Carroll Dragon Band has spent the month of October preparing for UIL competition by participating in the Tournament of Champions in Carrollton and the Renegade Review in Tulsa, OK. Surviving rainy performances and long travel days, the Dragon Band competed against other bands from around the state and country as they fine-tuned their competition performance piece “Rooftops.”
On Saturday, October 6, the Carroll Dragon Band competed against other bands from the DFW area at the Carrollton “Tournament of Champions” Invitational Contest. The original format of the included Prelims performances and Finals performances from the top-scoring bands. However, inclement weather at night prevented Finalists bands from performing. The contest hosts ultimately decided to use prelims scoring for final rankings, and with a Prelims score of 84.28, the Dragon Band finished in 4th place,. During this competition, the Carroll Colorguard was awarded “Best Colorguard.”
The following weekend, the Carroll Dragon Band traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the “Renegade Review Championship” sponsored by the Union HS Band. Once again the students were challenged by rain and delays, but they handled themselves with professionalism and poise, earning 6th place out of 17 bands, and finishing 4th in their class.
The trip to Tulsa was the Carroll Dragon Band’s first attempt at a regional level contest and competitive marching band trip, and they placed ahead of, or very close behind, State, Regional, and National Semi Finalists, Finalists, and Champions from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.
The Carroll Dragon Band will perform at the Region 31 Region Assessment on Monday, October 22, at 7:45 p.m. at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.