Cleveland ISD marching band going to State contest

The Royal Braves Band from Cleveland High School is competing at the state contest later this month.

Last Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Cleveland High School Royal Braves Marching Band attended the Region 9 UIL Marching Contest at the Woodforest Bank Stadium in The Woodlands.

They competed against many of the greater Houston area marching bands and several Southeast Texas marching bands. The UIL high school marching band competition is graded by a rubric system and certain standards.

The Royal Braves Band brought home a superior rating from all three judges – three straight 1s! The RBB has achieved this superior rating for more than 50 years.

In achieving this year’s superior rating, it has certified the band to compete on the State level.

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m., the CHS Royal Braves Marching Band will be participating at the first ever State UIL Military Marching Band Contest in Longview, Texas, at Pine Tree High School.

“The State UIL contest will included all qualified Military Marching Bands in the great state of Texas. Congratulations RBB on your superior rating at Region 9 UIL Contest, and good luck at the State UIL Military Contest,” said Cleveland ISD spokesperson Susan Ard in an emailed statement.


  1. Hey! RBB, I’m Michael Atkinson, VP of the RBB back in “68 and ’69. I think it’s awesome that you guys are finally getting to showcase your talent on a bigger stage! By the way, just so you’ll know, I chat online with my 3 best friends for over 50 years; David Carter, President, Ellen Lewis, Secretary, and Larry Gunter, Treasurer. We were the executive officers of the ’68 – ’69 RBB! Just to say, you’ll never know how your friends for life will be, until you’ve “served in the trenches with them!” We led our band to the FIRST EVER sweepstakes trophy! We are immensely proud of you guys! As you all know, this all know (if you’ve bothered to study our history) We had two legendary directors, “Pete” Kunkle and Doyle “Buddy” Happe. Pete established our marching standards for all time (even to this day!), but Buddy transformed us into an all-round champion. I just want all of you to know that we are seeing your accomplishments, and we applaud you. By the way, I just happened to be a band director myself, starting off in Dalhart ISD back in 1974, and ending up in Spring ISD, from 1981 to 1989. I helped Richard Crain open Westfield High School in 1981, and went on to become the head director of Spring HS, from 1985-89. My band was in tight contention for state honor band back in 1988, so I understand excellence and appreciate it greatly. I wish you the best of luck tomorrow at state!

    My best heart felt regards!
    Michael “Mike” Atkinson

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