Pecos Band Raising the Bar, Headed to Chicago 12/13/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
December 13, 2013
Pecos - The Pecos High School band is about to get on their way to perform with bands all over in Chicago.
However this story starts two years ago when the program got a new band director.
The new director has since overhauled the program and even the students.
Before most students are even awake, the Pecos High School band is hard at work. However, it wasn't always like this.
"Two years ago was really bad. We were making 4's," junior Salma Torres said.
"There would only be five people that would show up," sophomore Nathanael Sandoval said.
That was until the district brought on Stan Mauldin; that's when the tone started to change.
"He hasn't left us like most band directors do after a year," Sandoval said.
"He puts confidence in us that we didn't know we had," Reyes said.
"We see how passionate he is about it and we get passionate too," sophomore Alannah Valles said.
The stage isn't the only place where the band is succeeding, they're also performing in the classroom.
"Band does make me want to be a better student," Sandoval said.
The harmony in both the classroom and band hall has paid off. The band is set to perform on an even bigger stage in Chicago.
"I never thought I'd get such an opportunity to go to Midwest," 8th grader Adam Reyes said.
"We couldn't have done it without Mr. Mauldin," Valles said.