DHS Band Students Hit a High Note

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On Saturday, March 3 Duncanville High School band students competed in the Region XX UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, held at DeSoto HS. There they prepared and performed pieces that were critiqued and rated by a panel of judges. Ratings ranged from one to five, with a one being the top ranking of Superior.

According to Duncanville ISD Director of Bands Jeff King, more DHS students participated and earned medals in this year’s UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest than in the past seven years.

“Preparing and performing a solo is the single most important thing students can do to better themselves as players,” he said. “I think it is one of the main reasons for the success of our band program.”

After last weekend’s contest, Duncanville High School boasts 97 First Division solo ratings (Superior), 14 Second Division solo ratings (Excellent), and ten First Division ensemble ratings.

Forty-nine DHS students will also now advance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC).

“To be considered for the TSSEC, students need to memorize a Class 1 Solo and receive a Superior rating,” explained King. “They could also receive a Superior rating on a solo that is on a ‘super’ solo list, which contains some of the most difficult pieces.”

Congratulations to our DHS band students and directors David Brandon, George Townsend, Mark Teal, Will Pitts, and Jeff King!