Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

December 6, 2012

Rice High School band completes winning fall season

Corsicana — The Rice High school and Middle school bands will perform in their winter concerts on Dec. 20 at the high school. The Middle School students will perform at 6:30 p.m., with the high school band scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

It’s been another winning year for the Rice band members, and for the band itself.

The Rice High School Marching Band earned the highest possible first division rating from all UIL marching judges this fall for the third year in a row.

Only nine class 2A bands out of twenty-two in UIL Region 8 earned this honor, which the band students refer to as “straight ones.”  The band’s marching show program this year was titled “Rock Phases.” Drum majors for the band this year are John Zellar, Kristyn Stewart and Blake Sykes, all of whom are juniors at Rice High School. The band president is Jake Defoore, a senior trombone player. Other elected band officers include Blake Sykes, Janette Orona, Paige Sorrells, Louann Titsworth, and Bernadette Rosas.

In addition to their UIL honors, the Rice band received all first division ratings at the Teague Invitational Marching Contest and was named “Best In Class” for division 2A.

The band also marched at the Groesbeck Showcase, which is sponsored by the national marching band organization “USBands.” At Groesbeck, the band earned the “Best Drumline” award. Drumline captain for the band is Janette Orona, who is in her senior year at Rice High School.

In July, the Rice High School Band advanced to State Finals in Texas Honor Band Competition for 2012. The contest is conducted every other year by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), the largest association of music teachers in the United States. Twelve Texas bands were awarded a spot in the state competition, which was held in San Antonio. The Rice band placed fourth overall at state, with two of the five judges awarding the band second place.

The Rice Bands have also had four outstanding students selected to All-Region Band for 2012-2013. John Zellar and Blake Sykes were named to the Region 8 High School Band, while Sergio Diaz and Trey Van Zuuk were named to the Middle School Band.

Both bands will perform concerts in Groesbeck on January 19, 2013. John Zellar (tenor saxophone) was named first chair in the band, and both Zellar and Blake Sykes (trumpet) were named as All-Area qualifiers who will participate in the audition process for Texas All-State Band. The four Rice students were among a small number of students from 2A schools to earn a spot the Region 8 All-Region Bands, which include over 120 students from schools in class 3A, 2A and 1A.

Rice band director Bill Anthony says “these student’s talent and leadership have been vital to our band’s success in our regional and state competitions over the past three years. Their commitment and hard work earns honors for them personally and for our band as a group.”


Text Only
Latest News
  • City cancels ambulance contract with county

    The City of Corsicana has notified Navarro County officials it is cancelling its agreement with the county to provide EMS ambulance service to areas outside the city limits. According to a letter sent to county officials by Corsicana Mayor Chuck McClanahan, ambulance service to county residents will end on Jan. 31, 2015.

    July 31, 2014

  • 7-31-14 Fire2.jpg Deputies, fire departments have busy weekend

    An attempt to bootleg electricity off a pole using jumper cables is believed to have caused a building fire that took out a former restaurant in Angus Friday morning, one of a series of calls to Navarro County Sheriff’s Office to the southern end of the county over the weekend.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-31-14 Rice ISD Alex Stough mug.jpg Rice students win UIL scholarships

    Three Rice High School students received UIL scholarships for competing in academic competitions at the state level, according to advisor Alan Lewis.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • 7-31-14 Collin Main signal.jpg Signal finally fixed

    It took a couple of months to get the parts, but the signal light at Main and Collin streets in downtown Corsicana is finally up and working again.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

    July 30, 2014

  • Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    SAN DIEGO — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

    July 30, 2014

  • 7-30-14 4-H robotics.jpg Science made simple

    Hats out of old newspaper and leftover wrapping paper, simple robots out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands and pencil erasers, a microcosm of the aquifer made of root beer and ice cream — with a dollop of chocolate syrup. These were among the fun science projects at Tuesday’s 4-H Discovery Days event at the Navarro County Youth Expo.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • County: No increase in city subsidies

    As budget talks continue at the Navarro County Courthouse, one consensus that’s been reached will impact budget planning at the Corsicana Government Center.

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-30-14 AthensFire.jpg Senate report finds fault with government inspection of chemical facilities

    WASHINGTON — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30-14 Club-Rotary gov.jpg Club News

    News and announcements submitted by clubs and organizations throughout Navarro County.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo