What is UIL

What is UIL

 

UIL CONCERT/SIGHTREADING CONTEST

This is the staple competition for UIL, occurring every year in the spring in all 28 regions of the state.  Bands prepare a concert program of three pieces chosen from the Prescribed Music List and perform for a panel of three judges who rate the bands with one of five ratings, 1-Superior, 2-Excellent, 3-Good, 4-Fair, 5-Poor.  The judges cannot confer about their ratings and the FINAL rating is a consensus of the three NOT an average.   For instance, a I, I, V is a ONE.  A V, V, I is a FIVE, etc.  Theoretically, EVERY band can get a I=superior or a V= poor.  The competition is NOT among the bands themselves but against a standard of excellence that has been established through the many decades of this competition.   Immediately following the concert, bands move to another room to sightread a piece of music chosen to be read by all the bands within a class statewide!   The music for sightreading is composed specifically for the contest and addresses certain fundamentals that are aligned with the curriculum for each classification.   This is the musical equivalent of a statewide achievement test for Band.