Indian Band makes the grade


Morton Band competes in UIL in Lubbock.

Melody Maldonado, Editor

Saturday, October 19, 2019, marked one more history-making event for the Morton Indian Band. The band competed at the biennial UIL marching band contest. This contest was held at Lowry Field in Lubbock, Texas. The band members showed up to the band hall at four o’clock that day to prepare their bag with marching shoes, pants, shirts, and gloves. They also brought along their individual hats and instruments. While on the way to Lowry Field, the band members received a “goodie bag” donated by Mrs. Martinez- Abston and Mrs. George, both of whom are band parents.

Once the Mighty Indian Band showed up to Lowry Field, they immediately started getting dressed and putting their instruments together. One by one, each band student finished getting ready and started warming up. Mrs. Truitt, the band director, lead the students through warm-ups as well as parts of the show that needed a few tweaks. Mr. Dan McCasland, a retired band director and Morton Alumni who has been helping the band throughout the season, also came to help the students. After running through the show one last time, the band was called to the ramp where all bands wait before their performances. Mr. McCasland gave the Morton Band a few words of advice before the Morton Band went on to perform their show, “Rise of the Phoenix”.

The band played and marched exceptionally throughout the show, being led by their drum major, Melody Maldonado. Mrs. Truitt and Mr. McCasland were on the sidelines supporting their band and watched as their hard work paid off. Once finished, the band marched off and went back to their bus to get out of their band uniforms. After the performance, all of the band members went into the stands to observe other 1A bands perform their shows.

After all the 1A bands finished, it was time for results. One by one, each band was called upon following their division ranking. Bands are ranked from a scale of 1 through 5,1 being superior. As each band was announced, the Morton Indian Band came on the speakerphone. “Morton Indian Band……Division Two.” Tears and smiling faces are all you could see from the group of 30 band members from Morton.

Receiving division two is a huge deal for the Morton Indian Band. Just four years ago the band received division three for the first time after struggling to get past a division four. The last time the Morton Indian Band had a division two on their belt was in 2000/2001. None of the success the band has received would have been possible without the work of students as well as the help of Mrs. Truitt and Mr. McCasland.