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Lorraine Kubala
El Paso, Texas
34-year veteran band director on El Paso's academic music scene
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The local Area contest for advancement to the Texas State Marching Band Contest will be October 25 at the SAC. Due to conflicts with the EPISD scheduling football games for several 6-A high schools that day, the contest will not start until 4 p.m. The NMSU Tournament of Bands is also running this day, so a hard choice may have to be made, or else maybe a lot of driving! The performance order should be as follows: Eastwood Americas Franklin Socorro El Dorado Coronado Montwood Only 1 band will advance to State from this list. Expect a $5 admission fee.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Musical Notes
SISD Marchfest Finals results: 1-Hanks 2-Americas 3-Coronado 4-Eastlake 5-Montwood 6-Del Valle 7-Bel Air 8-Riverside 9-Socorro 10-Chapin Caption awards: Outstanding Music- Coronado Outstanding Visuals- Eastlake Outstanding GE- Americas ZIA, New Mexico Contest: 1- Clovis 2- Onate 3- Centennial 4- Canyon 5- La Cueva 6- Eldorado 7- Rio Rancho 8- Cleveland 9- Mayfield 10- Rampart Next weekend will be another great band weekend! Congratulations to all of today's competitors! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Musical Notes
This contest has been full of surprises so far, with the biggest being a lot of 5-A bands advancing ahead of 6-A bands. For the results, go here: Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Musical Notes
The SISD marching contest will be held this Saturday, October 18 at the Socorro Athletic Complex, starting at 10 a.m. You can view the full schedule here: The SISD percussion contest will be held Wednesday, October 15 at Socorro high School, starting at 4:15 in the afternoon.You can view the schedule here: Admission to each contest is $5. Good Luck to all competing units! Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Musical Notes
The University of New Mexico is sponsoring their annual marching contest on October 18. The contest starts at approximately 8:45 in the morning. The full schedule can be viewed at this link: Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Musical Notes
The UIL Regional marching contest is Saturday, October 11 at the Socorro Athletic Complex. There is an admission charge, usually around $5. The schedule of all bands can be viewed here: This is the most important contest of the year for all our local bands, so go and cheer your favorite marchers on! I will be out of town for this contest, but will post results as soon as I return. Good Luck to all competitors! Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Musical Notes
For the full schedule of the contest, go here: The contest is being held at Bowie High School. Admission is $5 for spectators. The contest chair has requested visitors park in the Paisano parking lot north of the stadium, as the Delta parking lot is reserved for buses and equipment trucks. Good Luck to all competitors! Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Musical Notes
I got an email the other day in which the writer had much to say about how the taxpayer and school districts were spending tens of thousands of dollars on halftime shows, thus rendering the band director basically useless. The writer thought the taxpayers were being ripped off-- all that money on a single halftime. So let's talk a little about how bands get their shows. It IS true now that very few bands locally use a show written by their directors anymore. That's too bad, because we have some pretty good drill writers here. Bryan Andrade used to write... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Musical Notes
As usual, things are humming along on th school music scene. Tonight is the best night for college halftimes in our area, as you can see the UTEP Marching Miners and the NMSU Aggie Band in the Sun Bowl this evening. High school shows are coming together, and the audition processes in all areas --band, choir, and orchestra, are underway. It will be a busy and somewhat unusual contest season, with a few competing events sure to have and effect on some contests. The Socorro Marchfest and the ZIA competition in Albuquerque are the same day, (October 18) and all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Musical Notes
UIL music contests are finally finished for the year, but there are still many musical events ahead of us. Competitively, many area students will be traveling to the Austin area for the Texas State solo and ensemble contest held on May 24 and 26. Students who received a first division on a class 1 memorized solo or a class 1ensemble in band, choir, orchestra, and piano events at the local UIL contest are eligible to compete at this prestigious event. Instrumental students from 4-A and 5-A high schools will be competing at the University of Texas at Austin, while percussion... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Musical Notes
The school year is starting to wind to a close for both the public schools and the universities, but there are still many musical events in the next several weeks, including one last contest. For the local high school bands the competitive season is over, but there are still a few out-of-town contests and spring concerts to prepare for prior to performing at graduation. The area's middle schools still have one last competition. largest music contest of the year will happen next week, as the University Interscholastic League middle school band contest is held over three days beginning Tuesday, May... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Musical Notes
More music contests are filling the calendar the next week. The 3-day Del Valle concert band contest started yesterday and will continue today and tomorrow. The contest is being held at the Ysleta School District theater, located in the Ysleta central office at 9600 Sims. This contest is a concert and sight-reading contest, so bands will perform their three concert selections on stage for a panel of three adjudicators, and then adjourn to a separate room to sight-read a selection of music for a second panel of judges. The stage perform is open to the public, but the sight-reading portion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Musical Notes
Results of the Coronado Concert band Festival can be found here: Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Musical Notes
The Socorro ISD Band Festival starts today at Socorro High School! Good luck to all competitors and directors! Here is the schedule: Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Musical Notes
The contest will be held in the theater at Coronado High School on Friday, April 4. There is no admission charge. Time Band 8:40 East Montana Middle 9:00 Clint Jr. High 9:20 Jeff/Silva 9:40 Morehead MS 10:00 Hornedo MS 2 10:20 Parkland MS 10:40 Morehead MS 11:00 Hornedo MS 1 11:20 Nolan Richardson 11:40 Vista Hills Elementary LUNCH 12:20 Eastwood HS 12:40 Brown MS 1:10 Mountain View HS 1:40 Estrada Jr. High 2:00 Del Valle HS 3 2:20 El Dorado HS 3 2:40 Franklin 2 3:00 Del Valle 2 3:20 El Dorado 2 3:40 Hanks 2 4:10 Del Valle 1... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Musical Notes
You can catch bass trombonist Steve Wilson performing Koetsier's 'Concertino for Tuba and String Orchestra' with the UTEP Symphony Thursday, April 3! The program also features Rossini, Prokofiev, and Gliere. It's in the FFA, and tickets are $5/$3/free for UTEP students, staff, and faculty! Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Musical Notes
The UTEP Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. Ron Hufstader, will present a concert tonight in the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for students, seniors, and military, and FREE for UTEP students, faculty, and staff. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Musical Notes
The next three months will see a flurry of school music events as area music groups of all types go through their spring contest seasons. This weekend is offering up four contests for the music fan. The West Texas Colorguard Association is presenting two more guard contests tis weekend. It is the third of four weekends for the area guard groups, which are working towards the championship weekend taking place next week. The first contest will be held this evening at Parkland High School. The contest will feature 15 guard units competing in 3 classes, including 3 guards from Albuquerque.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Musical Notes
Here are the vocal results from yesterday and an explanation of the selections from our friend Rick McDole! Selected for State: Monica Cuellar, Sop 1, Montwood, 7th chair, Treble Choir; Erin Wagner, Sop 2, Montwood, 1st chair, Mixed Choir; Leahna Acosta, Sop 2, Americas , 6th chair, Treble Choir; Cassandra Beato, Sop 2, Jefferson, 10th chair, Treble Choir; Jenna Quiroz, Alto 1, Eastwood, 4th chair, Mixed Choir; Nichole Hardgrove, Alto 1, Eastwood, 6th chair, Treble Choir; Valerie Flores, Alto 1, Loretto, 9th chair, Treble Choir; Andrea Martinez, Alto 2, Ysleta, 8th chair, Treble Choir; Shelby Estala, Alto 2, Montwood, 10th... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Musical Notes
These will be updated as the day progresses, so check back! These students have made the all-state band- Danielle Chesak, 5-A trombone, Coronado Quinn Gutierrez, 5-A trumpet, Coronado Maddie Strong, 5-A Flute, Hanks Madison Fanning, flute, Hanks Eddie Cuellar, trumpet, Hanks Hunter Stufflebeam, bass trombone, Coronado recording for a spot-- Sal Maldonado, Andress, bass trombone recording for a spot-- Christina Borjon, alto clarinet, Hanks Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Musical Notes
As could be expected this time of year, there are more seasonal music events taking place this weekend, with two concerts on Sunday and a special brass event happening on Saturday. The event tomorrow is Tuba Christmas. Tuba Christmas concerts have taken place all over the world, with the first occurring back in 1974, so this year marks the 40th anniversary of the event. Tuba Christmases are organized and sponsored through the Harvey Phillips Foundation, and the first one was held in Rockefeller Center in New York City with the legendary Paul Lavalle conducting. Event founder Harvey Phillips was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Musical Notes
Marching season is over so it's time for concert season, and there's no time like the present! On Saturday, November 16, the TMEA Middle School All-Region Bands will perform at Coronado High School, starting at 5:00 in the afternoon. The two bands will be under the direction of Barbara Lambrecht and Charlotte Royall. Organizers are Marissa Gamez and Janet Lynch. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. On Sunday, November 17, the Edge of Texas Concert Band, also under the direction of Barbara Lambrecht, will perform the first concert of their 2013-2014 season. The performance will also take place... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Musical Notes
I am out of town so apologies that these are late. Coronado won the visual and GE captions, Hanks won the Music caption. Finalist results, in order from 1 to 10 were: Coronado Hanks Onate Eastlake Franklin Del Valle Centennial Montwood Bel Air Mayfield In the class competition, Class AA visual and music to Coronado, music to Hanks Coronado, Hanks, and Franklin were 1,2,3. Class A Eastlake swept all captions; Eastlake, Mayfield, Horizon were 1,2,3. Class B Centennial swept all captions; Centennial, Riverside, Mountain View were 1,2,3. Class C Silver swept all captions; Silver, San Elizario, Cobre were 1,2,3. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Musical Notes
The Las Cruces Public Schools will livestream Tournament of Bands again this year. The contest will start at 8:00 a.m. November 2; the schedule is on an earlier blog post. To view the livestream, go to and you can link to the broadcast there. In past years students from the Las Cruces Schools have broadcast the bands, conducted interviews, and provided comments as the contest unfolded, doing a very admirable job. For those who cannot make the drive up to view the contest in person, it's a great service! Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at Musical Notes
Hanks High School and Eastlake High School will represent El Paso at the Texas State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio. Currently Anthony High School is competing in Amarillo in class 2-A and Fort Davis and Van Horn are competing in Odessa in Class 1-A. Results of those contest will be posted when I receive them. Information for attending the State Music contest can be found at the UIL website here: Congratulations to the Hanks and Eastlake Bands and their directors! Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at Musical Notes