AUSTIN – The Tiger Pride has yet another reason to toot their own horn after receiving Distinguished Performance recognition at the UIL State Wind Ensemble Festival held Saturday, May 7 on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. However, don’t be surprised if Devan Elliott, drum major for the Tiger Pride, is playing just a little louder than the rest.
Elliott was recognized as one of seven flutists to be bestowed a gold UIL State Champion medal.
“The varsity band did an outstanding job this past weekend representing our school,” Ray Portillo, Glen Rose High School band director, said. “A special thank you to all of the parents who were in attendance. It was an honor to play at this level for our ‘number one’ audience and the best supporters around.”
“Congratulations to UIL State Champion Devan Elliott,” Portillo added.
In addition to the parents listening to the band’s rendition of El Capitan by John Philip Sousa during the event that was adopted by the UIL in 2000, there was a minimum of two other high school bands and up to three evaluators present, as well.
It is all part of what makes the UIL State Wind Ensemble Festival (SWEF) unique to other music events hosted by the UIL, the organization’s website states.
“Following each band’s concert performance, a clinic with a nationally recognized music educator/conductor will be provided,” reads the UIL’s description of its SWEF. “The focus of this interaction will be on musicianship and the artistry of making music. […} Formats similar to this are being used as some of the most positive and educationally sound events in the nation.
“Results have been overwhelmingly favorable. […] Reports indicate that some of the most successful and competitive band programs in the nation have found this format to be challenging, rewarding and educational. In fact, many say their students ‘try harder’ in this setting than they do at a traditional contest.”
Travis M. Smith