Twenty-three bands traveled to Glen Rose last weekend to compete in the UIL Region Central Zone Marching Contest.

The hosting Tiger Pride Band received Division 1 ratings, according to Band Director Ray Portillo, who said Glen Rose and several other 3A bands advanced.

Alvarado, Castleberry, Kennedale, Springtown and Stephenville also advanced. The bands will perform at the UIL Area Marching Contest this Saturday at Waxahachie.

Glen Rose received rave reviews from judges, according to Portillo.

"One judge said, 'Excellent Band. Well taught and prepared. Strong players in every section,'" he said.

And Portillo is proud of the abnd's performance.

"The Tiger Pride Band did a superior job preparing for this contest, earning them their most recent Superior Rating to add on to the years of consistent performance in marching band

competition," he said. "The kids have worked very hard. They started their workouts the first week of August and continue to work to perfect the marching drill and music. Our show this year is entitled, "Julius Caesar!" The students have enjoyed the music, and I have enjoyed seeing them take ownership of their program and contribute as leaders making improvements in practice, performance and attitude. The band's attitude has been the biggest shift. The positive influence has provided success for everyone involved."

The Tiger Pride Band is scheduled to perform at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Waxahachie High School.

"The area competition will host 28 bands and 10 will be selected as finalists and march again that evening. After the final performances, five will be selected to advance to the UIL State Marching Contest in November in San Antonio," Portillo said.