The Atascocita HS Band is a UIL Competitive Band Program.
The Atascocita High School band program competes in UIL activities, which includes UIL Marching Band, UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Concert and Sightreading Evaluation, and much more. For anyone who might be new to this amazing activity, we hope that the following answers to frequently asked questions will be beneficial. You can refer back to this page at any time.
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How does band get classified at contests?
Most contests, such as Bands of America, UIL, USBands, and others, all use different classification systems. Most if not all systems are based on the school size, not band size. UIL has 6 school classifications (1A-6A).
What is Atascocita hs's band classification?
Atascocita HS Band is a 6A classification for UIL and competes in the UIL military track for the high school marching band competition. For concert bands, the band performs literature that is required from the UIL prescribed music list that is required of 6A band programs (varsity, non-varsity, and sub-non-varsity) for concert and sightreading.
What does it mean if a contest is a prelims/finals?
Atascocita HS band could possibly attend competitions where there is a preliminary round and a finals round. Most contests except for UIL Region are prelims/finals format. A preliminary round is where the band performs earlier in the day. If the band does well, they will be invited to perform a second time for a finals round.
Prelims performance times will be provided well before the performance in the Announcement Sheet itinerary. Finals performance times will be made available immediately following the prelims competition. Finals itineraries will always be sent out via email.
HOW MANY BANDS ADVANCE TO FINALS?
UIL State Military Marching Championships is a new pilot program in Texas, and they have taken six finalist bands in each classification.
IF I'm a band parent, what time should I show up for a band contest?
Band contests are usually heavily attended events, and the directors would highly recommend arriving at least an hour prior to performance time to navigate parking, stadium logistics, etc. Many stadiums we perform in for football games and contests have moved to a clear bag policy as well, so you will want to have ample time to determine that.
WHAT HAPPENS IF OUR BAND ADVANCES TO FINALS AT A CONTEST?
Most contests will require all audience members to clear the stadium at the conclusion of the prelims competition. The directors highly encourage parents to take an opportunity to watch the full finals show and show support for the other band programs!
WHAT TICKET SHOULD I BUY AT MARCHING BAND CONTESTS?
The band is never guaranteed a finals spot at any contest. However, the combination prelims/finals ticket typically provides a price break for parents who are coming to the band contests to support their kids.
CAN I TAKE MY CHILD HOME WITH ME AFTER CONTEST IS OVER?
All students are required to ride home on the buses and turn in uniforms/unload the truck, etc. Usually, the answer is no.
Our band handbook will have more information provided to you for transportation requirements. This is for the safety of our students and to make sure that all of our students are cared for and return home safely. Special permissions to leave from the stadium can be considered in extenuating circumstances, and a conversation with the band directors will need to occur for special permission.
HOW DOES THE ADVANCEMENT PROCESS WORK FOR UIL MARCHING BAND?
UIL Region > UIL State Military Prelims > UIL State Military Finals
All shows are prelims/finals except for Region. At Region, the band must earn a first division to advance on the next round.
DOES IT DISRUPT STUDENT PERFORMANCE WHEN WE CHEER FOR THEM?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! The students will perform better if you cheer for them throughout the show. After each arrival (loud) moment, technical moment (it sounds difficult), etc., applause is greatly appreciated by your performers. Getting the hype level up will encourgae all of our students to perform at their highest level.
This is obviously different for an indoor concert performance, where it is common to hold applause until the end of the movement or concert piece.
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