April is concert band competition season, and all of the Van Alstyne bands competed and performed well at recent contests, both UIL and non-UIL events.


The Middle School bands had their UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contests on April 4, with the eighth grade receiving straight 1s, or Superior ratings, for their performance. It was the seventh grade band’s first UIL competition, and Middle School Band Director Sydney Cooper said they performed well and that she was very proud of them.


The High School Band competed in its UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest on April 13, also receiving straight 1s, or Superior ratings, from all judges, securing a fifth consecutive “Sweepstakes” for the band, meaning it has received these ratings in both UIL Marching competitions and Concert and Sight-Reading competitions for 5 years in a row.


Finally, the Middle School Beginning Band – the sixth graders – competed in their first contest ever, the annual Sandy Lake Amusement Park Band Fun Fest, in which this group also received a Superior rating.


Following their competitions, the bands all performed their music for friends and family at the Annual Spring Band Concert on Thursday, April 27, with the High School Band going on to compete in two other non-UIL contest, the OPS/Honor Band Contest Ovation Festival on April 28 and the Honor Band Contest Wind Festival on April 29.


To conclude the band’s performance season, the VAHS Jazz Band will host a concert for the community, “All About that Jazz,” on Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the VAHS Cafeteria. The community is invited to come out and enjoy some great jazz selections by this talented group, as well as some specially-invited guest musicians.