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Hawk Band does it again

There they have gone and done it, yet again.

The 2011-12 IPHS Hawk Band earned a 29th consecutive Sweepstakes this past weekend, earning a superior or first division rating in both concert in the two portions of the UIL Regional Concert and Sightreading Contest at Wilbarger Auditorium in Vernon.

Those ratings, combined with a superior or first division this past fall in the UIL Marching Contest, earned Director Greg Miller and the Hawk Band a Sweepstakes, an extraordinary string of 29 years.

The three judges rated Iowa Park (1’s) straight across the board, similar to each of the five previous years for the Hawk Band. This year’s selections included Rough-Riders (K.L. King/James Swearingen), On a Hymnson of Philp Bliss (Holsinger/), and Joy (Ticheli/).

We were very pleased with their performance in both concert and sightreading,” Miller said of this year’s Hawk Band. “We received many compliments about their sound from others that were in attendance.

“We would especially like to thank the parents that drove to Vernon to support the band students,” he added. “It is always appreciated. Not only do the students notice the support, but the judges notice it as well. Iowa Park and the school district can be proud of the students’ efforts both on and off the stage.”

Miller has led in this exemplary streak of successful years for the Iowa Park band, assisted by Ed Hefti and Elizabeth Wetherbee.

Comments from contest judges included the following:

“Very nice ensemble sounds, balance, blend, intonation! I enjoyed your performance!” – Pat Dietz, Keller

“Nice style. Very nice job band! I enjoyed your performance!”– Tim Edins, Hamilton

“Such nice overall band sound. Balance is great. Band plays with great confidence. This band plays with such maturity. You and your community should be very proud of your achievements.”– Jeannie Lunney, Abilene Wylie

“Wow! What a fantastic well balanced sound! A very musical performance! You guys should be proud of all the hard work you’ve done! Congrats!” – Luke McMillan, Abilene Wylie

“Great job all the way through the piece. Obvious great fundamentals. Great use of dynamics, Good tempos. Thanks for playing today.” – Bobby Yerigan, Stephenville

“Excellent tone quality, balance and blend. Very mature group of musicians. Well taught band. Very musical performance. Congrats!! It was a joy to hear such a mature group!” – Mike Lunney, Abilene Wylie