High school band marches in solid performance

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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The Paradise High School marching band scored an overall rating of 2 at the UIL Regional Marching Contest Saturday in Denton.

Paradise High School Principal Mac Edwards told the school board Monday night the overall rating is the average of three judges’ scores, which included a 1 and two 2s. The group will not advance to area.

Bands are judged on tone, musicianship and marching execution, as well as how they integrate those components into a visual and musical presentation. Paradise was the last of nine bands to perform.

“The judging was a bit more stringent than in past years,” said Paradise band director Bill Altz. “Paradise Band advanced to area in 2007, 2009 and 2011. That’s the last three times it was available to 2A schools. This show was comparable to those shows.”


During the Paradise School Board meeting Monday night, Superintendent Monty Chapman announced PISD was given a “superior achievement” rating in the annual Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report.

FIRST aims to judge school districts on their ability to manage finances, and it works to encourage better management practices. PISD earned its rating with an overall score of 66, which is six points above the state’s passing standard.

Other Wise County schools have also been rated by FIRST. Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur and Northwest ISDs all earned “superior achievement.”

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