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Next stop: Area meets

Gobbler band receives straight 1's

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record


As Cuero High School band director, Rick Varela, waited for the results from their region show, he knew full well the reality of months of preparation coming down to only six minutes. Perfection may not be the goal, but excellence is certainly attainable. That’s what the Cuero High School Fightin’ Gobbler band provided last Thursday, Nov. 19, as they earned straight ones and will advance to the area competition on Dec. 5 at Calallen High School.

“It really puts a statement on our fall with all the craziness with the covid and pandemic and things,” Varela said. “We just wanna get some normalcy going. For these kids, normalcy was the excellence we put down. Today was a great statement for the kids that worked hard all this time in adversity and came out on top.”

It’s possible to advance with what Varela calls a “dirty one,” meaning the UIL {University Interscholastic League] judges could score them a 1, 1, 1. That wasn’t the case for Cuero on this day, though, as all three judges deemed their show worthy of a one.

“It’s excellent,” Varela said. “It means we crossed our t’s, dotted our i’s. Everything we needed to do, we did. That’s wonderful for all of us.”

Cuero missed out on advancing two years ago. Four years ago was the last time they reached area. This will mark the second time under Varela they’ve passed the regional round.

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