The Eldorado High School Mighty Eagle Band is advancing to the Area A Marching Competition in Lubbock where they will compete at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th at Lowry Field.

The trip to the Area contest was made possible when the band received 1st Division “Superior” ratings from all three judges at the UIL Region 6 Marching Competition in Abilene on Saturday, November 7th.

The Region 6 contest was held at Abilene Wylie High School where judges Fred Pankratz, Tom Sorelle and George Strickland each praised the Eagle Band’s performance.

“Nice Sounds!” and “Good Band,” were among the comments made by Pankratz, a retired band director from Canadian. He also said the band was “well prepared.”


Sorelle, a retired director from Wolforth ISD complimented the “Very good tone quality from woodwinds and brass.” He also noted, “Good execution of marching fundamentals,” and told the band members, “You should be very proud of your performance.”

Judge George Strickland (former Assistant UIL State Music Activities Director) noted the band’s “good tones” and said it was a “well prepared group.” Strickland also commended the band members for their “great individual efforts shown.”

The Region 6 contest was unusual because results for the bands were announced individually, shortly after each one marched. That way, COVID-19 protocols could be observed and the bands, once they left the stadium, would not have to re-enter.

Five bands that compete in Lubbock on Saturday will be selected to advance to the UIL State Marching Contest in San Antonio next month.

The Mighty Eagle Band is led on the field by Drum Majors Juan Nava and Anali Reyes. James Cross is the EHS band director. Justina Saunders is the assistant director.