On Thursday, March 4, 2021, the Nixon-Smiley Bands performed at the annual UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation. The event was held at the Cuero High School Performing Arts Center. The Middle School Band performed well on stage but was unable to obtain top ratings. However, during the sight-reading portion of the Evaluation, they earned a top rating of “Superior” with all three judges awarding a First Division Rating.
Later that afternoon, the High School Band also performed at the UIL Evaluation. For the third year in a row, the Nixon-Smiley High School Band earned “Superior” ratings, both in concert and in sight-reading. The sight-reading adjudicators were particularly complimentary of both groups, stating how well they were focused and made mature sounds.
The UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation occurs every spring semester and bands throughout Texas, at all levels prepare for this event. The first component of the Evaluation is the prepared concert. Bands perform three selections from a graded list and prepare them for program evaluation by three adjudicators. In the second component, Sight-reading, bands are given an unknown music selection written specifically for their classification. The director has a specified time to teach the selection to the group. The group then performs the selection and three adjudicators provide Program Evaluation as to how well, or not, the bands are taught fundamentals that give them the ability to read and perform unrehearsed music.
Congratulations to the Mighty Mustang Band!