CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — This year, five CCISD marching bands qualified for the Area G competition in Weslaco held last weekend.
Competing bands included Ray, King, Moody, Carroll and Veterans Memorial in the Oct. 26 show.
But it was particularly exciting for the Moody Marching Band, which made area competition for the first time in 20 years after qualifying at their district meet earlier at Calallen.
"I just loved when I heard 'Moody Band, First Division,' that was the highlight of the whole year," said Moody junior percussionist Diego Molina.
The band started practicing weeks before the school year began, playing eight hours a day, five days a week.
Moody qualified for Area G based on a superior rating, based on a performance scale ranked 1 through 5. with 1 being a perfect score.
"In my head, I knew we were going to make a 1 because we've been working so hard this summer and all the time and effort put in," Molina said. "Literally sweating every single day just to get the perfect show. It took a lot of work and it paid off."
The band performed "Time after Time" by Cyndi Lauper and "Clocks" by Coldplay.
The band's effort was praised by Jose Villarreal, Moody's head band director, who is proud of his group's willingness to work hard to achieve its goals.
"Their hunger to build a program to be successful and continue on from that and build a tradition there," Villarreal said.
It's an experience the 67-member marching band wants to have again - as they prepare for the concert bad season which is set to begin in April.