Tarleton’s marching band appears at UIL State Marching Band Contest

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STEPHENVILLE (October 23, 2015) — Tarleton State University’s marching band, The Sound & The Fury, will give a special performance during the 2015 University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The 150-member marching band from Tarleton is scheduled to perform at approximately 5:10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, following the Class 2A and 3A preliminary round competitions. Following The Sound & The Fury’s performance, the UIL contest judges will announce the Class 2A and 3A finalists, who will begin their contest shows at 7:15 and 9 p.m., respectively.

This year marks the first time Tarleton has been invited to showcase its marching band during the UIL State Marching Band Contest, said Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Gary Westbrook.

 Tarleton State University's marching band, The Sound & The Fury, will march at this year's UIL State Marching Band Contest inside San Antonio's Alamodome. The marching band will give a special performance on Monday, Nov. 2.

Tarleton State University’s marching band, The Sound & The Fury, will march at this year’s UIL State Marching Band Contest inside San Antonio’s Alamodome. The marching band will give a special performance on Monday, Nov. 2.

“We are very humbled and excited by this honor. The Sound & The Fury has been invited to participate in many events in our 90-plus year history, but this is right near the top of opportunities,” said Westbrook. “It is always this band’s honor to serve the university. This time the band will get to display its talents to thousands of high school band students and their directors and families.

The Sound & The Fury will showcase its 2015 show, “Bring da Noise, Bring da Funk,” featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and Al Jarreau. The approximately eight-minute marching routine will include all 150 members of Tarleton’s marching band, color guard and featured twirler.

So far, several Tarleton alumni who serve as band directors at Texas public high schools have had their marching bands advance to this year’s UIL State contest in San Antonio, including 2014 graduate Freddy Gonzalez, director of bands at Class 1A Rising Star High School.

“We are so proud of our alumni who have qualified for state. Performing at UIL State Band Championships is not easy, and we would like to recognize the hard work of our alumni and their students,” said Westbrook.

For details about the UIL State Marching Band Contest schedule and admission for both full-day and single events, visitwww.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/state.

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