Pre-UIL Concert

Orchestra prepares for pre-contest concert

Students competing in the pre-UIL concert on Feb. 21 at Churchill in the Lanny Naegelin Theatre from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to prepare for the UIL Concert on March 6.

“UIL is the STAAR test for music,” Orchestra Teacher Amy Robago said. “It’s to show that the students know how to read and write music.”

Robago says that they are competing for themselves.

“The pre-UIL concert is a practice before our UIL contest, “Orchestra Teacher Jason Thibodeaux said. “Our UIL is next week.”

Thibodeaux states the pre-UIL concert lets them know where they are at that time, and what they need to fix.

“It’s a long way up, but we’ll be ready for it,” Thibodeaux said.

Students will have an opportunity to compete in a band with students using different instruments.

“There’s definitely a different dynamic,” senior Danny Landez said. “The two groups have a different rehearsal style, so it creates a different dynamic.”

Junior Samantha Tarr says it’s fun to be able to compete in a band.

“It’s fun because they approach me in a different way, and it’s cool to bring our two different styles together to make music,” Tarr said. By Ken Blanchard

Deadline to Register to Band Solo and Ensemble is Coming Up

Students apply to compete  by January deadline

Band Students must register their solo and/or ensemble music to Assistant Band Director Charles Stollon by Friday, Jan 20.

The contest will be held on Saturday, Feb 25 at Madison High School; students can get any music by using the UIL PML online to find exactly what they need.
“It is the one competition we do in the spring that involves strictly an individual effort that is not covered in class as a full ensemble,” Stollon said. “It’s kind of like the all region process in the fall ,but we believe that is to heighten the ability level of an individual.” By Hailee Davis


It’s just the beginning

DNCE released their first self titled  album DNCE on Friday, Nov. 18 featuring their new hit single “Body Moves”. A Year before they released this album, DNCE released their EP Swaay on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 with hit singles including “Cake By The Ocean” and “Toothbrush”. The album is filled with a bunch of catchy songs students can dance to like “Doctor You”, “Be Mean”, and “Pay My Rent”.

There isn’t that much meaning behind the beats in the album, but they are tunes to listen to in the shower. If students like DNCE’s unique sound, they can go see them at the Aztec Theatre on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. By Mia Robinson

It is all Glory Days from Here

Little Mix’s new album out now

The British band, Little Mix released their fourth album Glory Days, on Friday, Nov. 18. This album features their hit single “Shout Out to My Ex” which released on Sunday, Oct. 16 along with others singles such as “You Gotta Not” and “Nobody Like You”.

This album relates to people who deal with relationships, feelings and love like these four girls in an upbeat way. Little Mix is more known in Europe than United States, but after they open up for Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour they might gain more recognition. If students enjoy this album, they can go see Ariana and Little Mix at AT&T Center on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. By Mia Robinson