The Eden High School band is marching its way to the UIL state marching band competition in San Antonio.
“It’s pretty crazy,” says band member, Aleighsia Damron. “I mean we’re a small town and our school is all we got so it’s pretty cool to get Eden some exposure.”
The group consists of 7th through 12th graders and stands at a total of 48 band members–with at least 40 listed as freshman or younger.
“It’s a pretty small band compared to other bands so everyone is pretty close,” adds trombone player, Emily Bunger.”
They’ve played together since august–with Hallie McCulloch on the snare drum.
McCulloch is the sister of band director, Brittany Lozano and is excited about the opportunity to perform at the state level.
“To be able to do that, with my hometown, with the band I’ve been in my whole life with my sister,” McCulloch says, “It’s a really amazing feeling.”
Trumpet-player, Jaime Ramirez, sang his praises of Lozano before participating in one of many practices leading up to the competition in early November.
“She’s turned a lot of younger kids into really great band players,” says Ramirez. “From junior high to high school to being in the band–she has done a lot of good things.”
Lozano says for now the band is doing its best to enjoy the moment.
“They’re not always the best funded band in the area, but you couldn’t tell,” Lozano adds, “this group works really hard.”
TJ Clarkson is one of many band members who understand this as a chance of a lifetime.
“I wasn’t too worried about UIL because I knew we were pretty good. I knew we were ready,” Clarkson says. “Now that we’re going to state it’s just a whole different ball game there.”
Water Valley and Bronte are also listed in 1A state marching band competition this year on the same day as Eden.
Competition for those schools begins on November 6.