The Mighty Hawk Band has been quite busy over the last few weeks pleasing judges and audience members alike.
The Varsity Wind Ensemble received the coveted “Sweepstakes” rating meaning every judge at the UIL Region 28 High School Band Concert and Sight-Reading Contest gave the band the highest rating of Division I. This marks the 19th year in a row that the Wind Ensemble has ranked that high.
The Non-Varsity band received an overall “Excellent” rating while the Cano Freshman Academy Gold band received straight ones and a “Superior” rating.
April 16, Harlingen South Jazz Bands attended the Sweet 16 Rio Grande Valley Jazz Festival at the HCISD Performing Arts Center. HCISD jazz programs were well represented as well as several other jazz programs from across the RGV. The South Jazz I Ensemble won the overall contest playing literature reserved for college and professional big bands. Second and third jazz bands also did well receiving Division I ratings.
Those in attendance were treated to the debut 1st Place performance of the South Salsa band. Their performance was a big hit garnering attention from the Valley Morning Star. Many Hawk ensemble sections and students were recognized with individual awards as well: Outstanding Saxophone Section of the day, Outstanding Trumpet Section of the day, Outstanding Trombone Section of the day, All-Star Award winners, Brandon O’Donahue-trumpet, Daniel Ruiz-Drums, Mathew Gonzalez-Bass Trombone, Ryan Mowers-trumpet, Kevin Perez-Tenor Sax, Cole Allex-Alto Sax, and Alberto Rodriguez-Latin Percussion.
Kevin Perez from Jazz I was selected as Outstanding Soloist for his phenomenal tenor sax solo in “Channel One Suite.”
The band credits their success to a complete effort from everyone from the bus and truck drivers to a dedicated staff of teachers and musicians. The Mighty Hawk Band now looks forward to their next competition in McAllen on May 7th.