2015 UIL “Sweepstakes” Honors



The O’Connor Bands had amazing performances at UIL Concert & Sightreading this past week. We would like to thank everyone who had the opportunity to attend the performances of these talented young musicians. Thanks to our move crew that helped set the stages. All three concert bands earned straight (SUPERIOR) 1st Division ratings from EVERY judge. Only three band programs in the Region achieved this honor.

We wanted to give you some judge’s highlights for each band:

A3 concert judges: Good job flute & clarinet; good job low voices; great job flute solos; good job clarinet soloist; great low brass; great teaching going on here; keep up the great work; enjoyed your performance; bravo; nice dynamics for big group; good balance; nice job on the musicality; keep it up; nice music making for large group; good job horns; good tones; I enjoyed this; good dynamic contrasts

A3 sightreading judges: This is a really focused group; excellent tempo; your band reads like a concert performance; you’re a marvelous sub non varsity; congratulations; wish I could play in your band; you make music fun; nice overall band sound; I enjoyed your performance; good tonal centers; band reads with a great deal of confidence; great pulse and rhythmic security; congrats to a fine band & directors; impressive to see the parental support in the group & program! Thank your Principal!

A2 concert judges: Big gorgeous tone qualities; wonderful; love the horn sounds; technique in group is exemplary; percussion is very tasty; great attention to dynamics; sensitivity is A+; great ensemble and teachers; INCREDIBLE; I really enjoyed your fine performance today; bravo; finally a band that can play a march; very nice; wonderful job soloist; very talented group; super job of balance and clarity; very well prepared; very musical; good conducting; you have a lot to be proud of; thanks for your attention to detail; way to go

A2 sightreading judges: Fine directions; this selection is very easy for this band; beautiful direction to phrases; outstanding performance; you have been taught well by the O’Connor staff; nice band sound; good woodwind sound; blend was solid; nice musical moments; great instructions; lots of pride and hard work evident; good tonal concept; good pitch center; well taught band; nice musical playing; enjoyed it; congrats to band & directors; great mental energy; I could sense everyone involved doing their best to contribute to a positive end result

A1 concert judges: Beautiful band sounds and balances; very mature tone qualities in ensemble; exemplary vertical alignment of music; such wonderful technicians in band; great soloists throughout; lots of achievement with technique and accuracies today; wow! What an AMAZING BAND; lots of excitement; outstanding balance, style, clarity and mature tone; outstanding whole package; tastefully played; outstanding soloists; truly gifted performers; you have so much to be proud of; thanks for letting me hear you play; I WAS WOWED; you functioned as a great team today; wonderful ensemble & effects; I really enjoyed it; thank you for your hard work; be sure to thank your wonderful directors; keep up all the great things happening at O’Connor!

A1 sightreading judges: Solid band sound; very nice job; many outstanding moments; superior job; lots of energy in your tones; this is an outstanding band; great players in all sections; enjoyed your energetic & confident performance; a totally balanced , in tune and musical sound band; marvelous; outstanding percussion balance; this band is a clinic for others to see; Mr. Sandoval has given you the gift of music that you will use the rest of your life; congratulations; so very musical; one plus; very intense & clear directions by director; very professional demeanor by everyone; I appreciate your “let’s take care of business” attitude; Impressive to see so many parents & supporters in the room!


O’ Connor Colorguard wins TCGC State Championship

The O’Connor Varsity Colorguard won the TCGC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Gold Medal in their division on Saturday in College Station! Two weeks ago the O’Connor JV Colorguard won the Silver Medal at the TCGC JV State Championship in Austin Tx. This is the 1st time in school history our Colorguard has brought home a gold and silver medal respectively competing against the BEST in Texas! Congratulations to these great kids and their director Brittany Shepherd!


The O’Connor Band Boosters invite you to nominate the 2015-2016 Booster Officers.

The nomination roles consist of the following: (Roles and responsibilities may be found within the Bylaws located in CHARMS)

  •  President
  • 1st Vice President-Fundraising Chairperson
  • 2nd Vice President-Chaperones/Banquet Chairperson
  • 3rd Vice President-Move Crew
  • 4th Vice President-Guard
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

To be eligible, the nominee must:

  • Be able to serve a term of one service year (June 1 through May 31).
  • Not served more than four years total as a O’Connor band booster officer which includes two consecutive terms in one office.
  • Be current with all financial obligations.

Nominees must complete and email the attached form to the Secretary (Amy Rodriguez) at no later than end of day March 22, 2015.

The Nominating Committee is:

Mickey Ramos – Representing Committees

Robert Vara – Parliamentarian, Representing the Board

Sandy Lockwood – Representing General Membership

Ashley Cabello – Representing General Membership

Theresa Ragsdale – Representing General Membership

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Important Info About a Friend

Many of our Band Family know Mark Palacios as an officer of the O’Connor Athletic Booster Club, as a parent, as an always smiling  near-constant presence around campus and at football games, as a great supporter of the Panther Band, and as the designer and manufacturer of a lot of our Band Booster clothing and merchandise.  Unfortunately, Mark suffered a stroke a few days ago and is hospitalized.  We all need to keep the Palacios family in our thoughts and prayers and hope for a speedy recovery.  

To help out and to show our support, the Band Boosters are invited to a BBQ fundraiser at Cooter Brown’s Saloon (Bandera Road and 1604 in the Silverado Theater Shopping Center) NEXT Sunday, February 8th, from 2:00 ’til 5:00 PM.  Suggested donation is $10.00 per plate.  If you want to contribute food or supplies to the effort to help maximize the fundraising, please contact Mickey R at 823-5089 — they need meat, potatoes, serving items, et cetera — but please call Mickey before buying anything to coordinate the donations.  

Also, on Tuesday, February 10, Bahama Buck’s Shaved Ice will host a fundraiser from 6:00 ’til 10:00 PM at their location at 8910 Bandera Road.  

Again, Mark is a terrific friend of the Panther Band, an amazing source of information and suggestions, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.