Apologies for falling WAY behind! Let's catch you up.....
October 21st: Area Marching Contest -- Our Roughneck Band tied for 1st place, qualifying for the State Marching Contest!
October 31st: State Marching Contest -- Our Roughneck Band qualified for the Finals and placed 6th in the State of Texas! It was the fourth trip to State for these seniors, and the fourth time to be in the State Finals…what an incredible accomplishment! What an amazing show to be a part of this season as our students honored our town...Sundown, Texas.
November 16th: CONGRATULATIONS to the following students for qualifying for the Region 16 Middle School Honor Band!!!
Lilly Reaves - 1st Chair Bass Clarinet
Bailey Corley - 6th Chair Horn
Karmindy Townsend - 7th Chair Euphonium
December 2nd: CONGRATULATIONS to the following students for qualifying for the Region 16 Middle School All-Region Bands!!!
Stacey Britton - 3rd Chair Flute, Symphonic Band
Jocelynn Eakin - 6th Chair Flute, Symphonic Band
Nayeleigh Gonzalez - 1st Chair Bass Clarinet, Symphonic Band
Paxton Blount - 5th Chair Cornet, Symphonic Band
Avery Belew - 4th Chair Horn, Symphonic Band
Everett Perez - 5th Chair Trombone, Symphonic Band
Hayden Dukes - 11th Chair Trombone, Symphonic Band
Zane Perez - 1st Chair Tuba, Symphonic Band
Camden Bufe - 6th Chair Tuba, Symphonic Band
Ryder Bufe - 2nd Chair Percussion, Symphonic Band
Elena Lujan - 1st Chair Flute, Concert Band
Natalie Hinojosa - 4th Chair Clarinet, Concert Band
Emily Ramos - 11th Chair Clarinet, Concert Band
Emrie Powell - 16th Chair Clarinet, Concert Band
Kelbie Powell - 6th Chair Alto Saxophone, Concert Band
Elise Foster - 14th Chair Cornet, Concert Band
Riley Grace Scifres - 3rd Chair Horn, Concert Band
Elizah Lopez - 4th Chair Horn, Concert Band
Eli Rodgers - 13th Chair Trombone, Concert Band
Araceli Sepulbeda - 14th Chair Trombone, Concert Band
Luke Rowand - 4th Chair Tuba, Concert Band
Kadyn Belew - 7th Chair Percussion 1, Concert Band
It has been a FANTASTIC fall semester for the Roughneck Band, and we're not quite finished yet! Be sure to join us for our Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm in the Auditorium! Doors open at 1:40.
See you soon!
The Pride of the Oil Patch is headed to Area! This past Saturday, on crisp fall morning at Lowrey Field, the Roughneck Band delivered a solid performance at the UIL Region Marching Contest and received first divisions from all three judges. We are proud of this group and look forward to another week of improvement!
Our Rookie of the Week was Racheal Rivera, an 8th grade clarinet player in the stand and synthesizer player in the show! Racheal had never played a keyboard instrument before this year, and just listen to her go! The Section of the Week was the Color Guard.! Several changes and additions were made to their show routine this week, and they handled them with hard work and great attitudes during rehearsals! Our Outstanding Leader was Brooklyn Keesler. Brooklyn is a section leader in the Horn section, and because of her fantastic leadership, this young and inexperienced group of students is sounding mature and providing a beautiful color to our band sound! And finally, our Pumpjack Award went to Easton Smith, a senior clarinet section leader. Easton has also taken on the added responsibility of providing narration during our show, which you got to hear if you were at the game on Friday night! His microphone wasn't working on Saturday, but we'll get that fixed this week. Easton has been fantastic in leading clarinet sectionals during rehearsal, and his deliverance of narration is going to be a very effective addition to us being able to "tell our story" in the show!
Congratulations to Racheal, Brooklyn, Easton, and the Color Guard!
Check out our Facebook page and Sundown social media for Area Marching Contest info as it becomes available. We expect to learn our performance time on Tuesday and will communicate that, as well as other details you need to know.
This week's shout out goes to our Drum Majors! Danny, Ericka, and Emily are three of the most dependable and hard-working young ladies you will ever meet. Their enthusiasm is contagious! They care so much for one another and for their team, and they go out of their way to encourage others, offer correction, and provide top-notch conducting for their band. We are blessed to have our Drum Majors!
Thanks to all who came out to support the band this weekend. Stay tuned to student emails for itinerary information for next week, and we hope to see you in the stands this coming weekend!
It was a great week for the Roughneck Band! We had a highly productive Tuesday Night rehearsal/clinic with THE Mr. Glaze, and the band once again did a fantastic job of showing up to rehearsals ready to work! What a fun game to watch on Friday as our Roughneck got the win over Floydada, and our Roughneck Band had their best performance of the year so far just before the wind got up and it turned COLD!
Our Rookie of the Week was Kadyn Belew, an 8th grade xylophone player who is playing the spots off the page! Kadyn always comes to rehearsal with a great attitude and already exhibits leadership qualities that will flourish during her years in the Roughneck Band! The Section of the Week was the horn section -- WOW, what a week of improvement for them! After graduating 3 seniors from last year's section, this group had their work cut out for them...and they are doing a fantastic job! Our Outstanding Leader was Makenzie Mulloy, who owns a couple of flute solos in the show! She not aonly takes care of her own part, but her flute section has the best flute angles you will see, and they look to Makenzie for guidance on a daily basis. And finally, our Pumpjack Award went to Katy Townsend, our senior quads player who is the glue that holds it all together in several places in the show! Katy not only shows up to extra sectionals with the battery percussion, but also spends time on her own in a practice room to be sure she fulfills her role to her team.
Congratulations to Kadyn, Makenzie, Katy, and the horn section!
On Saturday, the band took the show to competition for the first time this season as we traveled to Lowrey Field in Lubbock for the Westerner Marching Festival. These students had an outstanding performance, winning "Best in Class" for 2A bands and ranking 4th overall out of 42 bands (1A through 6A)! We're looking forward to one more week of attention to detail, and then we do this "for real" as we enter into our version of the playoffs....beginning with the UIL Region 16 Marching Contest on Saturday, October 14th!
This week's shout out goes to the soloists in our show. These students must have ice in their veins each week as they perform alone in front of hundreds of people, and now that we're in October, in front of judges! Makenzie, Emily, and Daniel are absolutely rocking it and received much praise from the judges at the Westerner Marching Festival. We appreciate their willingess to take on such a responsibility and the work they've put in to make it such a wonderful part of our show!
Thanks to all who came out to support the band this weekend. Stay tuned to student emails for itinerary information for next week, and CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets to see the Roughneck Band at the UIL Region 16 Marching Contest on Saturday, October 14th!
Another fantastic week for the Roughneck Band! As Mr. Bibb said in the office, we really "turned a corner" on our music this week...the little details are coming together! You may have noticed some "foreign objects" on the field this week -- we lovingly call them "Field Enhancement Objects" (FEOs), and we hope you like what it adds to our show!
As you heard announced after the halftime show on Friday, our Section of the Week was our tuba section. These students are making big improvements in their overall sounds as they try to balance this big ol' band! Also announced was our "Pumpjack Award" winner, Darby Bussell, who is a member of our percussion section. Darby is an 8th grader and was tasked with learning a bass drum part and 39 sets of drill in one week...a tall order for anyone, and she really came through for her team! Our Rookie of the Week is Sophia Rodriguez. Sophia an 8th grade flute player who comes to rehearsal with a great work ethic! And finally, this week's Outstanding Leader is Nathan Flores. Nathan is a junior and a Section Leader in the cornet section, as well as a varsity football player, and he does a wonderful job of bringing up the younger players in his section.
Congratulations to Sophia, Darby, Nathan, and the tuba section!
The shout out for this week goes to our band sponsors...the band parents that go everywhere we go! The schedule for the first half of the season was quite the gauntlet with many miles traveled, and these folks are what makes it all work. They help monitor students in various situations, serve food, move equipment, call out the roll checks, and many other things that make our trips successful. We are grateful for their willingness to volunteer their time and energy to these students that we love dearly!
GAME DAY INFO
This week will be an open week for our Varsity and JV football teams.
Have a great week!
After a week that felt like any given rehearsal could be knocked out by rain, we were able to rehearse every day this week! We are thankful for that, and we are thankful for these amazing band students who continue work hard, love others, and embrace excellence. The Roughneck Band was able to put our 3rd movement of the show on the field this week, and the first performance was a success!
As you heard announced after the halftime show on Friday, our Section of the Week was our clarinet section. If you hear some especially high sounds coming out of the band, you can know that these kids are stepping outside of their comfort zone and conquering a challenge! Also announced was our "Pumpjack Award" winner, Daniel Mauldin, who is a member of our baritone section. Daniel is a sophomore and a Section Leader in the baritone section who quickly memorizes his music and his sets so that he can be around the field helping others. Our Rookie of the Week is Bailey Corley! Bailey an 8th grade horn player, but that's not where you will find her in the show. She is playing the synthesizer and has a very difficult Part 3 of the show! And finally, this week's Outstanding Leader is Easton Smith. Easton is a senior and a clarinet Section Leader, as well as a HOF who goes above and beyond for his team.
Congratulations to Bailey, Daniel, Easton, and the clarinet section!
The shout out for this week goes to Rene Rivera, Hunter Stanley, and Mike Richardson. These three gentlemen have made new things possible for the Roughneck Band this year -- some of which you have seen in our new band trailer, and some that you have not yet seen in what we are calling "field enhancement objects" (FEO's) that will be a part of our show this year. We couldn't accomplish these things without these gentlemen!
GAME DAY INFO
This week we are back at home in Slaughter Field as we face the Roosevelt Eagles! We will once again perform Parts 1, 2, and 3 of our show as we work to improve over last week's performance. As always, itinerary information will be sent to each band student's school email account.
Have a great week!
It was a great week for the Roughneck Band! We were able to debut the rest of Part 2 of our show, marking the halfway point! These students continue to work hard and improve every day.
As you heard announced after the halftime show on Friday, our Section of the Week was our flute section. Have you seen those fantastic flute angles?! Also announced was our "Pumpjack Award" winner, Kaytlin Clausen, who is a member of our cornet section. As a freshman, Kaytlin has the passion and leadership presence of an upperclassman, and she does a wonderful job of leading by example. Our Rookie of the Week is Bethany Honesto! Bethany an 8th grade cornet player who puts in the extra time to be great! And finally, this week's Outstanding Leader is Peyton Richardson. Being a student leader comes with many challenges, and Peyton takes them head-on challenge head on!
Congratulations to Kaytlin, Bethany, Peyton, and the flute section!
The shout out for this week goes to the fantastic band staff that I get to work with every day. Ashley Blount brings a unique passion and energy to our office and our rehearsals, as well as a fresh approach and new ideas for the changing art of marching band. Mack Bibb's unmatched wisdom and wit keep our feet on the ground, and we all hope to be as good of a teacher as he is some day. Tricia Nevarez is, in my opinion, the very best color guard instructor around! Amber Mauldin helps with color guard, is a bus sponsor, and anything else you might imagine a band director's wife being a part of. Tristan Nock and John Rogers work wonders with our battery and pit percussion!
These are some of my favorite people in the world, and the Roughneck Band is what it is because of the efforts of these individuals. They love kids and they love what we do!
GAME DAY INFO
This week is an away game in Wink! If the weather cooperates and we are able to rehearse outside this week, we hope to have Part 3 of the show on the field! As always, itinerary information has been sent to each band student's school email account.
Have a great week!
The Dalhart game will be remembered for a very long time, and for so many wonderful reasons. Both of these schools suffered loss in the past year, and the support shown between the communities has been incredible. It was an honor for our Roughneck Band students to combine with the Golden Wolf Band at halftime to play our school songs together in honor of Yahir, Preston, Eric, and Kennedi. And what an exhilarating finish to a hard-fought football game, what a crazy environment in the stands (I need to bring earplugs next week), and what a great night overall!
As you heard announced after the halftime show on Friday, our Section of the Week was our mallet/keyboard section! These students are dependable week after week, always prepared and ready for the next thing. Also announced was our "Pumpjack Award" winner, Araceli Ibarra, who is a junior and Section Leader for the flute section! You will always find Araceli going above and beyond to take care of those around her as she is also a HOF. The Rookie of the Week was Riley Scifres! Riley is an 8th grade horn player and is already a huge contributor to that "Sundown Sound".
Congratulations to Araceli, Riley, and the mallet/keyboard section!
The shout out for this week goes to the Sundown ISD administration and School Board. The students and staff of Sundown ISD are blessed to have unwavering support from these folks. From financial support to just a simple "good job" pat on the back and everything in between, these individuals support our students and staff with all of their hearts, and we are so very thankful.
GAME DAY INFO
This week's game will be Homecoming against Farwell! Kickoff is at 7:00 pm on Friday. Other information will be sent to each band student's school email account. It will be nice to be in our own stadium!
Have a great week!
Well, we didn't get a post done at the end of the first week, so this is a "catch up" post! As you heard announced after the halftime show in Lockney this past Friday, our Section of the Week was our saxophone section...what an amazing group of students! They are a prime example of the effort what it takes to perform at a high level. Also announced was our "Pumpjack Award" winner, Riley Driver, who is actually a brand new member of the Roughneck Band this year! Riley is a senior who has made an immediate positive impact on our band...he is always striving to be the very best he can be and is someone who anyone would want on their team. And one more...our Rookie of the Week is Kale Strickland! Kale is an 8th grader in the Roughneck Band and is a super hard worker, already covering some "1st parts" in the stands at games. Kale comes to every rehearsal with a great attitude!
Congratulations to Riley, Kale, and the saxophone section!
The shout out for this week goes to our drivers...Rene Rivera, Kayla Belew, Lacy McAdams, and Hunter Stanley. We are about to travel many miles for the next football game, and these dedicated individuals don't bat an eye. Our show doesn't go "on the road" without these wonderful people!
GAME DAY INFO
This week has us traveling to Dalhart to rough up the Wolves! Kickoff is at 7:00 pm on Friday. Other information has been sent to each band student's school email account.
Have a fantastic week!
Another summer has flown by, and we now welcome you to another Roughneck Band marching season! We have had a great two weeks of Summer Band rehearsals and Oil Patch Parade, and now we are excited to begin preparations for our 2023 marching show, "The Road Home". Our show is arranged once again by Randall Standridge and features the music of John Denver and Garth Brooks. Get ready for those "Sundown Sounds" and some familiar scenery on the field!
Drum Majors this year will be Danny MacDonald, Ericka Posadas, and Emily Rodgers. Check out their bios by clicking on "Our Staff" at the top of this page!
The "Important Info" link at the top of the page will take you to links to our band calendar for the year, the band handbook, our Facebook page, and other...well..."important info"! The link to the calendar is a live link, so each time you click on it, it will include any updates we've made. We hope to update this blog on a weekly basis.
Our Facebook group is where you will find the most up-to-the-minute information. It is a closed group, so you will need to request access. We also have a Remind group for students and parents to receive text message alerts...contact Mr. Mauldin if you would like to have access to this feature.
Let's make this another great year for the Roughneck Band!
After a solid week of rehearsals, the Roughneck Band is headed to State! Meanwhile, congratulations to our Roughneck football team for qualifying for the playoff! We will play the Stratford Elks in Hereford on Thursday, the day after we get back from San Antonio. It's a busy week, and for all of the right reasons!
Congrats to our band students who received recognition at the football game this past week. Our Rookie of the Week is Adelyn Franklin, and 8th grade clarinet player who has really developed a passion for this whole marching band thing! The Section of the Week is the trombone section, led by fantastic upper classmen and making big "Sundown Sounds" in the show! Our Pumpjack Award goes to Daniel Mauldin, a freshman baritone player who has a bright future ahead as a leader in the Roughneck Band.
Way to go Adelyn, Daniel, and the trombone section!
The shout-out this week goes to our flag runners! You know....THAT flag! These students have come to extra practices to figure out this monstrosity of fabric and got a huge reaction from the crowd and the judges at the Area Contest this past weekend! Sometimes we have to tell them they can't fly the flag when the wind is blowing too much or in the wrong direction, and they're disappointed when that happens. But, as we've said to the flag runners...there's no wind in the Alamodome!
The itinerary for this Thursday's Bi-District Championship game in Hereford has been sent to student emails. If you're traveling to San Antonio, please be safe, and we will see you down there!