Timspon Bear Band completes an outstanding fall season

Bear Band takes top regional honors, advances to state

The Timpson High School Band has had an exciting marching season full of many great performances and awards, according to Timpson Band Director Rhonda Daniel.

Most recently the band earned top honors at the NAMMB competition held at SFA on Saturday, Nov. 3, and then performed at the UIL State Marching Band Championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Nov. 6.

At National Association of Military Marching Bands competition the band earned a first division rating from all five judges, and received the coveted “Bobby Goff Superior Performance Award.” The Bear Band also received the “Colonel Joe Tom Haney Award” for First Place in Class 2A at the competition, Daniel said.

Two days after winning NAMMB, the band boarded charter buses and headed to San Antonio for the UIL State Marching Championship.

Daniel said Timpson qualified for state by placing in the top three bands (second) at the UIL Area C contest held at Pine Tree on Oct. 28. This is the second year in a row that Timpson has represented Area C at the state competition.

In the preliminary round of the competition, Timpson placed 10th in the state, Daniel said.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how this band has worked and performed this fall,” she said. “When summer band started in August, it was clear that they had definite goals in mind.

“They wanted to win NAMMB and they wanted to finish their competitive season at the Alamodome,” Daniel said. “We challenged them with music that you would normally hear in classifications 4A and above, and they met the challenge with enthusiasm.”

Daniel said over the years the Timpson band has evolved into a band that welcomes challenges in music and marching.

“Our seniors have performed at state three times — 2013, 2017, and 2018,” she said. “Normally, bands can only advance past region every other year, so we were excited when we heard UIL realigned the competition and that 2A schools would have this opportunity two years in a row.”

Daniel said the band worked hard to get there and they know it’s a privilege and an honor to get to represent Timpson school and community at the state level.

“We are fortunate to be in a place that supports our band,” Daniel said. “Thanks to all of the parents, students, and faculty and staff of Timpson ISD for making this possible. It has been an experience that we’ll all cherish forever.”

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