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Kennedale Band Steps Up UPDATE

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Wildcat Band for being named ?Outstanding Band in class 3-A? this weekend as well as bringing home trophies for ?Outstanding Drumline, Outstanding Color Guard, Outstanding Music and Outstanding General Effect? at the Princeton Marching contest. They had an overall 2nd place finish in the fianls agains bands of all classifications and were named Best Drumline and an award for Best Music overall.

Every other year bands in the UIL Class 3A get to compete in ?State? competition. This is the year for the Kennedale Wildcat Marching Band. Besides marching and playing at all football games (home and away) and at pep rallies, the Wildcat Band plays in weekend competitions that help prepares the Band for regional and state contest. {{more}}
These are all day affairs that starts early in the morning often with a quick run through before leaving the school for the contest. These Saturday contests come early especially if the game the night before was an away game meaning that the band often does not arrive back at the school until after midnight. This past Saturday, the Wildcats travelled to the Midlothian Marching Festival, placing 5th out of 25 schools in the competition. These competitions include bands at the 4A and 5A levels.
This coming Saturday they will be at the Princeton Marching Festival. Three weeks from now and after playing and marching for Homecoming, the Wildcat Band will compete in UIL Regionals at Glenn Rose.
The Wildcat Band is widely recognized as one of the premiere bands in the area. The Marching Wildcats have been a Texas State Marching Band Championships Qualifier in 2006, 2008, and in 2010 they ranked 12th. The band was a TMEA Honor Band State Qualifyer in 2010 and an Honor Band State Finalist in 2012; and the Wildcat Band has won the UIL Sweepstakes Award 6 of the last 7 years. The band is under the direction of Erol Oktay.

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