By CRAIG ALANIZ
The Port Isabel High School Silver Tarpon Marching Band has advanced to the UIL State Marching Band Competition for the seventh consecutive time.
The band will perform Monday in the Alamodome along with 21 other 3A schools.
Band Director Scott Hartsfield said the band will perform music by Igor Stravinsky entitled Firebird. He said last year the Silver Tarpon Band made it to finals and came short of medaling by coming in forth.
Hartsfield said the goal for the band is to medal. He said the band’s chances are good.
“These seniors have scored first division superior ratings since they were in Junior High,” Hartsfield said.
He added that the marching band is young, made up of 30 through 40 percent freshmen that has bought into the tradition put in place at Port Isabel High School. He said the band is excited to get back to state level competition.
“It is neat seeing the community come together to support the band,” Hartsfield said.
The Silver Tarpon Marching Band is set to depart from Port Isabel on Sunday. Hartsfield said the band always draws a good following that include past band members and other band enthusiasts.
Tickets are available for the state competition at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
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