Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

March 18, 2013

Kerens band wins UIL Sweepstakes

Kerens — It’s sweet music to the ears for Kerens Bobcat Band fans. The award winning band made school history — again.

For only the fifth time in the 75-plus year history of the band program, the band earned the highly sought-after UIL “Sweepstakes” Award. This is the first back-to-back UIL “Sweepstakes” Award to be earned by the Kerens Bobcat Band. The Bobcat Band was one of only two bands in a region with 17 competing 1A bands to earn a “Sweepstakes” and the only band to earn the award last year and this year.

In order to win a “Sweepstakes,” the band must earn a “First Division” in each of the three UIL competitions — Marching, Concert, and Sightreading. The band earned a “First Division” in UIL Marching on Oct. 24. They completed their contest season on Mar. 6 by earning a “First Division” (awarded by all six judges) on the stage and the sightreading room at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest.

The UIL “Sweepstakes” Award was previously earned by the Award Winning Kerens Bobcat Band during the 2000-01, 2003-04, 2008-09, and 2011-12 school years.

The contest program prepared by the band highlighted the strong musicianship of the band students and was much more difficult than what is required by a 1A band at contest. UIL requires that 1A bands prepare a march and two other “Grade 1” pieces of music from the state list. The Bobcat Band performed the “Grade 3.5” march entitled “Emblem of Unity,” and two “Grade 2” pieces entitled “In A Quiet Place” and “Broken Bow.” This program exceeds the requirements of a 2A band and is more closely compared to a program required of a 3A band program at contest.

The band directors would like to express their special thanks to the following four senior band members for their unprecedented level of character and leadership: Philip Conley, Michael Kline, Kevin Townsel, and Ebony Sayles.


Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email:

Text Only
Latest News
  • 4-18-14 Campbell Award.jpg Campbell named ‘Texas Aviator of the Year’

    It was quite an honor for Corsicana's “Dr. Dave.” The longtime Corsicana physician, and namesake of C. David Campbell Field at the Corsicana airport was named 2014 Texas Aviator of the Year by the Texas Department of Transportation.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 Hop 1.jpg Kids at Hop Downtown offer insights into holiday

    The Hop Downtown, sponsored by the Main Street Office and local businesses, was colorful, loud and joyous, with Easter Bunny photos, free eggs, cookies, a bounce house and face painting Thursday afternoon in downtown Corsicana.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • 4-18-14 Wesley UMC.jpg Two churches set to close

    Two local United Methodist churches are going through the early stages of closing their doors.
    Barry United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in north Corsicana are both ending their ministries, according to their respective pastors.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 NavarroRegional.jpg Baker named hospital ‘Employee of Year’

    Navarro Regional Hospital has named Sandy Baker as 2013 Employee of the Year. This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Baker was chosen from among 327 fellow employees for the honor.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News for Friday, April 18, 2014

    News and announcements submitted by congregations throughout Navarro County.

    April 17, 2014

  • Mounted shoot event draws wide interest

    A fast-growing sport among western enthusiasts is taking center stage in Hubbard next weekend.
    The Hubbard Rodeo Association is hosting a Cowboy Mounted Shoot on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27

    April 17, 2014

  • Calicos to host dance clinic Saturday

    The Corsicana High School Calico Drill Team will host a special dance clinic for girls in 6th , 7th and 8th grade this Saturday, April 19 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Calico Dance Studio

    April 17, 2014

  • UWNC main Helping our fellow man

    A beautiful day, delicious food and the very entertaining Mike Doocy of Fox 4 Sports combined to provide United Way volunteers with a lot of appreciation for their hard work in the 2014 campaign.

    April 16, 2014 4 Photos

  • YMCA warns against woman fraudulently soliciting funds

    A woman has been soliciting funds, falsely portraying herself as representing the YMCA, Executive Director Terry Seth reported late Wednesday afternoon. A business owner in town informed Seth a lady solicited his business, saying she was raising money for the YMCA for a program for deaf children. Seth says the YMCA does not have such a program.

    April 16, 2014

  • Wine and walking

    About a dozen local businesses are opening their doors for the Derrick Days Wine and Cheese stroll this year, and many are only doing it as an open house opportunity.

    The stroll is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. April 24 in downtown Corsicana. It's free and open to the public.

    April 16, 2014