- Waco Independent School District
Mighty Trojans win UIL First Division at marching competition
Stacy Bustamante Trejo
Logan Collins (drum major)
Donato (Adrian) Garcia-Sanchez
Dario Marin Jr.
Willie Padilla (drum major)
Daniella Suarez (drum major)
Steven Thompson Jr.
Mighty Trojans win First Division, march in memory of former
University High School band members are celebrating a superior performance at the UIL Region 8 marching contest held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Midway’s Panther Stadium. The Mighty Trojans earned First Division in the UIL 5A Region 8 marching competition for their rendition of Cirque Du Soleil’s “KA,” a show that the band has not performed since the fall of 2010.
This year’s performance, although just as striking and dramatic, was intended to be an introspective production and sentimental tribute to 2011 graduate and former Trojan drum major Joseph Crawford who died on Jan. 28, 2018.
Crawford was a popular student who played tenor saxophone in the band, was a varsity baseball player and was homecoming king his senior year at University High.
According to University High Band Director Archie Hatten IV, Crawford once dreamed of becoming a band director. He ultimately received an associate degree from McLennan Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University before working as a correctional officer at the Bill Logue Juvenile Detention Center in Waco.
During his tenure as drum major for the Trojans the band received First Division in marching competition in the fall of 2009.
The Trojan’s 2018 marching performance was dedicated to Crawford whose legacy at University High is present on a daily basis. Crawford's goddaughter is currently a University High band member and his younger brother Jordan Crawford, who graduated from University last year, played his brother’s tenor saxophone all four years of high school. In addition, Joseph Crawford was the first Trojan to try on the uniforms that the band presently wears.
“It was a perfect day,” said Hatten, speaking of both the weather and the performance. “We assumed that was Joseph.”
The 2018 University High Mighty Trojan Band claims the UIL Region 8 First Division trophy at the UIL Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Midway’s Panther Stadium. Trojan drum majors are (front row, left to right): Willie Padilla, Logan Collins (holding trophy) and Daniella Suarez. University High’s band director is Archie Lee Hatten IV (third row, far right). Assistant band directors are Arthur Torres (second row, far right) and Justin Lindsay (not pictured).