The Goliad High School marching band earned seventh place at the UIL Area E Marching Band Contest Saturday.

The Goliad High School marching band earned seventh place at the UIL Area E Marching Band Contest Saturday.


Saturday marked only the second time in Goliad High School history that the marching band competed in Area Finals.

The band narrowly missed a run at state by scoring seventh at this rigorous competition in Beeville. 

"This is only the second time in school history that the band has competed at the Area Finals and the closest the band has ever been to competing at the state marching contest,” said Zachary McCullough, band director. The top six bands move on to the state competition.

This was Goliad’s second time competing that day in Beeville.

Earlier, the band performed in the prelims of the UIL Area E Marching Band Contest earning a fifth place that would advance them to area finals that evening.

“I couldn't ask for a better group of students to represent the community of Goliad,” McCullough said.

This win is the culmination of months of work by the students. 

Their previous performances included a hosts of wins beginning with an earlier competition, also in Beeville.

The band on Sept. 25 won second place overall for 3A Band and a first for Percussion in the same class.

Then on Oct. 9, the band traveled south to Nueces County for back-to-back competitions that day.

In Robstown, the color guard received a first place for their portion of the performance at this competition while the band received third. In Calallen, the band and color guard both received first places in the 3A division for their performance.

“The kids have been really outstanding this year,” McCullough said. "I've been telling them how much pride they have brought to our school and the entire community of Goliad. 

“I couldn't ask for a better first year here at Goliad ISD.”