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Hawk Band earns 35th consecutive Sweepstakes

For the 35th consecutive year, Iowa Park High School’s Hawk Band has earned the coveted UIL Sweepstakes Award for superior performances in marching, concert and sightreading.
On Tuesday, the Hawk Band traveled to Anson to compete in the UIL Region 7 Concert and Sightreading Contest, receiving unanimous “1’s” across the board from the six judges.
The IPHS band received a superior “1” rating last fall in the UIL Marching Contest, and the combination of superior ratings in the concert/sightreading contest earned them the sweepstakes award.
“The band woke early that day so they could hit the road (to Anson) at 6 a.m.,” said Director Charlie Bradberry. “I am very proud of the band’s accomplishment.”
The Hark Band, under the direction of Bradberry and Teresa Archambo, performed selections including the Colditz March by Robert Farnon, Sleep by Eric Whitacre, and Joy Revisited by Frank Ticheli.
Judges in the concert portion included Mike Lewis, Mike Lunney, and Keith Zuchlke. In sightreading, judges were Jeannie Lunney, Tom Ray, and Bob Anderson.
Comments in the concert portion included:
“Thank you for working so hard to prepare for today!”
“Strong and warm tone qualities in this ensemble ... overall good balance in sections and between sections ... excellent dynamic contrast with great control .. great French horn section!”
“Solid stable tempo and excellent overall rythmic accuracy. Well taught group of musicians. Solid fundamentals are evident.”
Very mature program selection for UIL. Nice! ... Excellent attention to phrasing, especially in “Sleep.” Great job in today’s performance.”
- Mike Lunney
“Fine looking band; and you can SING too! Way to listen! Proud of you Charlie!”
“Nice balance within sections and across the band. Students really listen well.”
- Mike Lewis
“You should be proud of your performance today.”
“Great tone, balnce and blend throughout.”
“I really enjoyed your program and performance today. Thank your director, for the hard work preparing you.”
Keith Zuehlke

In the sightreading portion of the contest, judges’ comments included:
“Great job staying focused during great explanation ... Wow! Such beautiful tone qualities. Balance was great as well as intonation.”
“Band, you did an exceptional job on this piece today. I know your directors and community are so proud of you. Congratulations.”
- Jeannie Lunney
“All students are focused and engaged. Good. Band you did a great job. Thanks for playing today. I enjoyed your performance.”
- Tom Ray
“Excellent. Percussion, bravo! ... Students doing great work, following director’s instructions. Thank you. Excellent reading. Wonderful playing. I enjoyed the performance.”
- Bob Anderson
Perfoming Tuesday for IPHS included Tatum Alexander, Amy Allen, Zachary Allen, Brandi Baker, Emma Barker, James Bever, Brenna Blevins, Mason Bradberry, Saydie Bradberry, Emmiley Brown, Blain Bryant, Reagan Burroughs, Adriana Campbell, Makayla Campbell, Zetta Cannedy, Kylee Crawford, Zoey Crawford, Paige Crockett, Kyle Culipher, Tyler Culipher, Andrea Cunningham, Madison Currey, Chloe Ellison, Stephen Foster, Bayley Franks, Kayleigh Galliton, Mackenzie Gilbert, Hailee Gregory, Alexis Haag, Georgia Haggart, Julia Hall, Haylon Hardman, Brandon Hernandez, Lauren Holliday, Sadie Horton, Kalina Hutchings, Abigail Jameson, Brendan Knight, Hannah Knight, Mckinley Lee, Madison Lindstrom, Zoe Lindstrom, Hayley Mahler, Megan McCallister, Molly Miller, Gracie Moon, Kayleigh Moulton, Zackary Neilson, Chloe Nemetz, Michael Nemetz, Daniel Pedigo, Austin Perkins, Tristan Polvadore, Dayton Poore, Alyssa Powers, Jacob Pruett, Marissa Reed, Natalie Reed, Zachary Roberts, Shelby Sanders, Johnathan Schultz, Sydney Staats, Cameron Tackett, Savannah Teague, Sarah Templeton, Riley Vickers, Alyssa Walker, Candice Walker, Kody Wells, Abigail Wetherbee, Caitlyn Whisnand, Nathan Whisnand, Cameron Wicks, Chase Wilson, Dylan Wood, and Gavin Worley.