By Stephanie Jackson

Special to the Press

On April 10-12, the Symphonic I, Symphonic II, and Wind Symphony bands from Reynolds Middle School attended the band UIL, an assessment for band programs across the state, much like STAAR, at Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas.

The band participated in both, the stage performance and sight reading portions of the competition. During the stage performance, the competitors play three pieces that they have been working on for months; during sight reading the students play a piece of music they have never seen before. After the bands perform they are given a rating, judging on how well they did on a scale of one to three, one being the superior, two being excellent, and three being good.

All three of our bands returned with the coveted sweepstakes award. This award is given to bands that earn superior or 1st division ratings in both the concert and sight-reading portions of the contest.

Eighth grade student Hanna Mandery talks about her experience, "It was fun, and I will miss getting to do things with this group of kids."

This is the first year that Reynolds Middle School bands have competed against other middle schools that feed 4A and 5A high schools. Our region includes all the middle schools in Plano, Allen, McKinney, and Sherman-Denison. In our first year of 4A/ 5A competition, Reynolds Middle School was the only campus in the entire region that sent at least three bands to UIL and came home with sweepstakes awards for every band.