Early concert band earns sweepstakes at UIL contest

Andrew Valderas avalderas@brownwoodbulletin.com
Early High School band director Neal Woolworth (left) pictured with Coleman band director Tommy Perkins, whom Woolworth lauded for doing an “outstanding job” as being the host school.

The Early High School Concert Band earned a sweepstakes at the University Interscholastic League Concert & Sight-Reading Contest in Coleman on Thursday.

The band received Division 1 scores in both concert and sight-reading for its award. About 25 schools performed.

The sweepstakes is the school’s fifth consecutive, under the command of three different band directors in that time period.

“It’s a big deal for the kids. They’re the ones who have kept this together,” said first-year Early band director Neal Woolworth. “They’re the ones playing the music and fighting for this band program.”

Woolworth added to the band’s Facebook page:

“They played their hearts out!... Kudos to the kids for holding the band together and thank you to the believers!” he posted.

The bands performed three concert pieces of their own in front of judges before the sight-reading segment.

Woolworth lauded Coleman band director Tommy Perkins for doing an “outstanding job” as being a host school.

For now, Woolworth said the band will begin to prepare for its annual spring concert April 24, and the Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest, May 28-30.