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Commerce band state-bound in competition


Commerce High School Band has advanced once again in a competition between many North Texas schools.

After submitting 2 pieces to the contest in May and  receiving 1st place, advancing them to Area Competition the same month, the Commerce High School band has now advanced to State.

This competition, the Outstanding Performance Series, is a CD audition process organized by the Association of Texas Small School Bands designed to select the most outstanding concert bands in class C, CC, A, AA, and AAA in the state of Texas each year.

The 2 concert pieces submitted were a march, "Quality Plus" by Fred Jewell, and a concert selection,  "Be Thou My Vision" arranged by Larry Clark. The pieces were recorded at UIL competition this spring, where they received the sought-after sweepstakes rating.

CHS Band Director, Dave Polk tells KETR, "It's always fun to show off the product of the hard work by the students and see how well they can compete. I'm very proud of them!"

The band begins training for their marching season later next month.


Daniel was born and raised in Commerce, TX, and has been a life-long listener of 88.9 KETR. After listening to ‘The Art of Sound’ with Mark Chapman as a child, he enjoyed the thought of being able to broadcast across NE Texas. He is now a Radio/Television student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and hopes to continue his work in radio after he graduates. He has been heard in the past as the host of ‘All Things Considered’, ‘Movie Picks with Alice Reese’ and ‘The Morning Bell’.