On Saturday, October 6, the Blanco Panther Band traveled to Judson High School in Converse to compete in the Judson Rocket Review, a marching band festival for A through AAAAA high schools. Blanco was the first band to compete in the festival.
The Panther Band performed their 2007 competition show "Supernatural - the music of Carlos Santana". The Panther Band performed "Everybody's Everything", "Europa: Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile", "Smooth", "Maria, Maria", and "Carazon Espinado". After the performance, each of the five adjudicators gave tape recorded comments about the band's performance. The adjudicators were impressed with the sound that the Panther Band produced, the many soloists featured by the band, and the overall show concept. Each adjudicator offered comments to help the band perform the show to an even higher degree. The band's scores were much higher than the band had achieved in previous years at the Rocket Review.
During the awards presentation, Drum Major Taylor Holden and Assistant Drum Major Emily Blackburn received the trophies the Panther Band earned during the competition. Blanco was presented the first place trophy, Karnes City the second place trophy, and Nixon-Smiley the third place trophy. Blanco was also presented the trophy for outstanding percussion performance.
This year is the advancement year for AA marching bands at the University Interscholastic League Region Marching Contest. Blanco High School will perform at UIL Region Marching Contest on October 20 at Giddings High School. If the band receives a first division rating at this contest, they will advance to the UIL Area Marching Contest at Belton High School on October 27. The top four bands at the Belton contest will advance to the UIL State Marching Contest in the Alamodome on November 5.
Congratulations to the Panther Band on their outstanding performance at the Judson Rocket Review and good luck at UIL Region on October 20. Take it "to the top" Panther Band!