The Ballinger Bearcat band has been on a roll, scoring straight 1's in the recent Big Country Marching Festival in Early on Oct. 14 and then just last weekend, scoring another round of straight 1's at the Region 6 UIL Marching Contest held in San Angelo. That score qualified the band to go to the Area UIL Marching Contest in Amarillo Saturday.

The Ballinger Bearcat band has been on a roll, scoring straight 1’s in the recent Big Country Marching Festival in Early on Oct. 14 and then just last weekend, scoring another round of straight 1’s at the Region 6 UIL Marching Contest held in San Angelo. That score qualified the band to go to the Area UIL Marching Contest in Amarillo Saturday.

Band Director Janet Wilson said the band’s program aptly named “In a Heartbeat” is propelling them to success.

“We’ve spent our time talking about all the things that can happen in a heartbeat - like what progress we can make in a heartbeat,” Wilson said. “That has been our momentum and driving force - thinking how quickly things can change.”

The program was written again this year by Luke McMillan of Abilene.

Wilson said the band is the best it’s every been and they are working toward continued success.

“This is one of the strongest bands I’ve ever had in Ballinger,” Wilson said. “They are absolutely incredible.”

Area residents can get a preview early Thursday morning at Bearcat Stadium. The band will be practicing at about 8:30 a.m.

Friday they will travel to Amarillo for the performance at Dick Bivens Stadium. Tickets are $5 at the gate.