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Raccoon Band Receives Superior First Division Rating At UIL (October, 2006)

On Saturday, October 21, the Raccoon Band completed their final competitive performance of Mistura da Danca, their 2006 field production.  The band received superior first division ratings from all three of the adjudicators at the Region 24 UIL Marching Contest at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. 

These ratings cap off one of the most successful marching seasons in the history of Frisco High School.  On October 14, the band competed in the Plano East Marching Invitational at Clark Stadium in Plano.  Out of 34 groups, the FHS Band secured one of the coveted finals positions, beating out several 5A schools.  In finals, the band placed 10th overall, and was ranked 8th in music.  This was a huge accomplishment for the students of the Raccoon Band.

Their competitive season began by hosting the annual Frisco March of Champions on October 7 at Memorial Stadium here in Frisco.  Twenty-one bands competed from around the state before the FHS Band performed in exhibition, followed by the world renowned Marine Drum & Bugle Corps.

Preston Hazzard, director of bands, credits the great successes of the season the students and parents of the program.  “I have rarely seen a group of harder working students and parents in a band organization.  Their commitment to excellence in performance rivals the very top programs across the state.  We have spent a lot of time discussing what it means to be disciplined—delayed gratification.  It has been a real joy watching these students receive the gratifying feeling of a job well done during their competitive season.”

Hazzard also commented about his staff.  “Jason Gonzalez, Kara Hoeflinger, and Toby Leikness are the best of the best when it comes to staffing.  We have not only enjoyed working with the students this year, we have also enjoyed working with our friends.  I cannot think of better people to work with the students of the FHS Band than the fine professional staff that we have.”