It's the Super Bowl for band members. Out of a total of 400 students, only a quarter of them make it this far. On Saturday morning, NewsChannel 11 spent some time with more than 100 junior high students practicing for perfection. For these students, band is serious competition.
All those hours of practicing is finally paying off for these musically talented seventh and eighth graders. With instruments in hand and conductor at the helm, only the best of the best make up this year's Region 16 Junior High All-Region Band.
"These are select students that auditioned for places in this honor band. They represent the best players from all over the region at the middle school level," says event coordinator June Bearden.
Getting here takes hard work and dedication and talent is second nature to these masters of music.
"It really gives the students a chance to participate on an individual level. They get to compete a lot more on just their individual musicality. They can compete against other students their age and see how they compare, so that's a lot of fun cause kids are real competitive these days and it's good for them to see where they rank and they make so much progress," says Warren.
From serious battle hymns to silly music from the movie Shrek, with every beat of the drum, these students are making progress that turns ordinary music notes into emotion for everyone to appreciate.
"We're really proud of these students. They do a lot of hard work. We're excited they get to perform for the public cause they've worked hard in a short amount of time," says Bearden.
These students are so talented they spent only two days together practicing for Saturday night's performance. You might recognize their conductor's name. He is none other than Mr. Marching Band himself, Keith Bearden, director of the Goin' Band from Raiderland, spent time preparing the students for Saturday night's performance at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.