AUSTIN, Texas—The University Interscholastic League (UIL) will honor band directors who served their high schools and communities with “dedication and distinction” from the 1940s through the 1960s as part of Prairie View Interscholastic League activities.
The 1963 L.C. Anderson High School Marching and Concert Band, led by band director Alvin O. Patterson (front row, center).
Plans are under way to honor these educators at a special dinner and recognition ceremony during the finals of the UIL State Marching Band Contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio at 5 p.m., Nov. 4, said Alvin Patterson, assistant to the dean at St. Edwards University School of Business Administration and former band director at L.C. Anderson High School in Austin.
The Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL) played a leading role in developing African American students in the arts, literature, athletics and music from the 1920s through 1967, when PVIL merged with the University Interscholastic League as a result of integration.
“We are off to a good start by combing through old music contest lists and other sources to help identify band directors who competed in the PVIL music program,” Patterson said. “Now we need addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses to contact the individuals who participated in the Prairie View Interscholastic League competitions.”
People with information about former participants in the PVIL Instrumental Music Program are asked to contact Kim Rogers, director of public information for the UIL, at 512-471-5883, or via e-mail.
For more information contact: Kim Rogers, director of public information, 512-232-4970.