District proudly represented by Dawson and Pearland High School Marching Bands
Pearland and Dawson high schools represented Pearland ISD in the UIL State Marching Band Competition on December 15 in San Antonio. The bands qualified to advance to the State contest after competing against more than 20 other schools and placing 1st and 2nd respectively at the UIL Area Marching Contest on December 5.
“Having both high schools make it to the State contest is a tremendous and rare accomplishment, which makes us all so proud as a district,” Tom Bell, Pearland ISD Director of Fine Arts, said. “This achievement truly speaks to the dedication of all of the students and directors across the entire district from 6th grade on up.”
The well-being of the students remained a top priority throughout practices and competition, with strict COVID-19 safety protocols and appropriate instructional adjustments.
“We had several discussions over the summer regarding two topics: implementing the recommended COVID-19 safety protocols and adjusting teaching strategies to fit those additional safety requirements,” he said. “We were aware of all risks, including the possibility of cancellation of competitions. However, the band directors were steadfast in being diligent and putting forth their best efforts, allowing the students to have a successful marching band season this year.”
Pearland ISD’s results in the UIL State and Area Marching Competitions speak to the discipline and determination of the students from both high schools, in spite of challenges imposed by the pandemic.
“The way the students adapted to the new procedures and challenges was incredibly inspiring,” Bell said. “They were committed to the new procedures from day one and held themselves to the same high standards that define their band programs. The level of grit that the students demonstrated this year was just outstanding.”