The Hebron High School band competed in the 2020 Class 6A University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Marching Band Contest, where it took home second place.
The UIL State Marching Band Contest is a bi-annual event held at the San Antonio Alamodome. It draws bands from across the state to compete for top honors. To secure a spot at the state-level competition, the bands must complete three levels of advancement through the regional, area prelims, and area finals competitions.
Directed by Andy Sealy, the Hebron High School Band performed “La Suerte Azul” with drum majors Delaney Dyer, Molly Hairel, Andie San Luis, and Carolin Yoo, as stated on the LISD webpage. “I’m so very proud of the students and parents of the Hebron High School Band. This award is a tribute to their resiliency, adaptability, and, most importantly, their resolve in the face of uncertain and challenging circumstances,” Director Sealy said. He is in his 14th year as Director of Bands at Hebron High School.
The Hebron Band has a history of notable distinctions at the UIL State Marching Band Contest. The Hawks earned the UIL silver medal in 2012, 2014, and 2016. In 2018, they took 4th place.
Preparation for the competition looked different this year, with social distancing measures and mask requirements in place due to COVID-19. “As a program, we changed course significantly from our originally planned production with regard to music, drill, and costuming. We changed everything. We planned and executed a shorter production that maintained socially distant drill and formations. We looked to reduce expenses when possible. We rehearsed in small groups for a significant portion of the early season and wore masks throughout the season — even in performance,” Director Sealy explains. “Although we were only able to enjoy a small portion of our usual performance opportunities and competitive schedule, we feel very fortunate to have been able to create valuable and enjoyable experiences for our students in spite of the obstacles.”
The hard work and dedication that the directors, staff, and students put into practicing have paid off and helped to continue Hebron’s tradition of excellence — even during these unprecedented times.