The Beckville Bearcat Band has had a successful season. The 60-piece ensemble has not only managed to secure another first division in UIL Marching, but also other high accolades.

“Our students began the year by setting goals,” said Director of Bands Josh King. “And they knew the sky was the limit.”

The Bearcat Band began their season with two marching contests only 48 hours apart. They competed in the NAMMB Carthage Invitational on a Saturday, then traveled to Mineola to compete in their Open Class Invitational, putting all classifications against each other.

“We were real interested to see how we would compete against bands in the 4A and 5A classifications, but our students rose to the challenge,” King said.

On a rainy Monday morning, the Bearcat Band not only manage to receive a first division from all judges, including captions for Drum Majors, Auxiliary and Drumline, but also managed to achieve Best in Class for 2A and place 6th out of 30 bands competing. Other bands competing the contest included Carlisle, Lindale, Sunnyvale, Rusk and John Tyler.

The Band continued to UIL Marching, where they again received their second consecutive Division 1 rating. They ended their season by competing in the NAMMB State Military Marching Contest held at SFA’s Homer Bryce Stadium. The band placed 3rd last year and was hoping to move up in ranking.

“The students really enjoy the competition of the NAMMB contest, and I knew they would put their best foot forward,” said King.

After a great performance, the Beckville band walked away with first divisions from all five judges, including the A&M Assistant Director of Bands, Travis Almany, as well as 2nd place in the 2A division. The band is looking forward to concert season to prepare to earn their second consecutive UIL Sweepstakes Award.