The Filemon B. Vela Symphonic Band is the 9th ranked band in the entire State of Texas. Over 200 CC bands submitted recordings to earn the distinction of being named a State Ranked Band and Vela has once again ranked among the elite. This is the 10th time that Vela has ranked, the highest number among middle schools in the Rio Grande Valley. Congratulations to all the students for your incredibly hard work and perseverance! And thank you to all the administrators, faculty, staff and especially the Vela Band parents for your continued support! Let's look forward to another amazing year and continue this Tradition of Excellence and Success!
On April 17th, the Vela Symphonic Band competed at the 2019 UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest where they earned a Sweepstakes Award. All six judges awarded the band a Division 1 rating. Mr. Sarmiento and the other directors could not be prouder of the band for this major accomplishment. Way to keep that Vela Band tradition going! Bravo!
On March 28th, the Vela Concert Band B performed at the BISD Band Evaluation Festival and was awarded Superior and Excellent ratings by the panel of 3 judges. Your band directors are very proud of you! Congratulations to Mr. Cantu and Concert Band B for another great competitive season!
On March 28th, Concert Band A participated in the Pre-UIL Band Festival at the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center. The panel of 4 judges awarded the band with Straight Division 1 ratings for their Stage Performance and their Sightreading evaluation. The following week on the 4th of April, the band competed at the 2019 UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest and again earned Straight Division 1 ratings, this time by a panel of 6 distinguished judges. Mr. Garza, Mr. Sarmiento and Mr. Cantu are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of these students. Way to carry on the Vela Band Tradition of Excellence!
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On Thursday, December 6th, BISD Fine Arts Supervisor Kathleen Jimenez and Choral Supervisor Melody Eriksen visited the Vela Band Hall to congratulate the Record-Breaking "41" All-Region Band Members. They treated the band to some delicious cupcakes!