Hawk Band makes finals at area contest
The IPHS Hawk Band competed Saturday in the UIL Area Marching Contest in Denton, after earning a 31st consecutive Division “I” rating at the Region Contest a week earlier in Wichita Falls.
Twenty-four bands competed for one of four slots to advance to the state marching contest in a prelim/finals format.
The Hawk Band placed 10th in the preliminary round of competition, qualifying for the finals round held later that evening.
After marching in the finals, the Hawk Band finished in eighth place. Argyle, Princeton, Wills Point and Canton all advanced to the state contest. Lone Star of Frisco was selected as alternate.
“We were really proud of the students again and it was great to have all the support in the stands from Iowa Park,” said Director Greg Miller. “We would also like to a give special thank you to the community of Iowa Park and the schools and administration of Iowa Park as well for their support.
“It would just not be possible for us to accomplish what we do as a band program without all the support and help from everyone,” he said. “The students did a super job of representing the community and school system this past Saturday. It was just a highly rewarding and successful day.”
Miller added that he felt the finals performance in Denton “was our best performance of the year.”
Some of the judges’ comments for Iowa Park were:
“Good characteristic sounds, tuning is secure. Nice pulse. Nice mature and balanced sounds. Many nice moments.”
Ponca City, Oklahoma
“Sood sounds. Generally good carriage and stride. Good ensemble marching. Good Drill.”
“Love your low brass unison lines, well done. Nice woodwinds. Some nice musical moments. Great individual marching.”
“Many nice moments. Overall, nicework. Nice musical moments. Nice clean look and good drill.”
“Good carriage and stride. Generally superior ensemble marching. This ensemble is above average with knowledge of its woodwind players. Nice balance and blend with knowledge about tuning, tempo, and control.”