Irving bands make finals in marching contest

The Irving and MacArthur high school bands advanced to the finals in the Sounds of Springtown Marching Contest held Oct. 3, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Both bands also received first division trophies for exemplary performances.

“We were really pleased to earn a first division at such an early competition,” said John Cornish, assistant band director at Irving High School. “With UIL Contest still two weeks away, we feel like our students are doing a great job.”

Irving High’s Show is titled “If the Shoe Fits” and features three pieces that refer to shoes: “Windsprints,” the ballet “Appalachian Spring,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.” MacArthur’s Show is based upon the hit musical and motion picture, “Les Miserable.”

The competition was judged by five experts in their field, including band directors, colorguard specialists and drumline professionals. Each band received recorded constructive critique from the adjudicators, which will be used to help them prepare for future competitions.

The Irving bands will compete again on Saturday, Oct. 17, in the UIL Regional Contest to be held at Duncanville High School.