The La Porte High School Mighty Bulldog Marching Band earned three Division I ratings at the University Interscholastic League Region I9 marching competition held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
The Division I, or Superior, rating is the highest recognition awarded to bands at the contest. Each of the three judges awarded the top rating to the La Porte band.
As a result of the success at regional competition, La Porte High School has qualified to advance to the UIL area marching contest, which is set for Oct. 27 at 4:45 p.m., also at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
Matt Burke, LPSD director of performing and visual arts, explained that the process begins as far back as July, when band directors and students start preparing for the UIL competition. Earning all Division I ratings is the goal for which all bands strive, he added.
"I am extremely proud of the commitment to success that each band member has shown as we prepared for UIL," said Kevin Poe, LPHS band director.
Poe explained that the LPHS Band has grown significantly this year, with a total of 182 students, up from 140 to 150 in past years. He added that directors are anticipating additional students participating in band next year.