McAllen ISD orchestras earn 14 Sweepstakes trophies at UIL

McAllen ISD middle school and high school orchestras earned 14 Sweepstakes Awards at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation for Middle School String Orchestras and High School Full Orchestras in March at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  

“The groups from McAllen ISD were outstanding,” McAllen ISD Fine Arts Director Jim Egger said. “Nine of our Middle School String Orchestras were awarded Sweepstakes along with five of our High School Full Orchestras. We are the only school district in our region that had every middle school and high school have at least one of their groups receive the Sweepstakes Award.  We were also the only school district that had every high school have at least two full orchestras competing.  In fact, for the past five years, McAllen High has sent three full orchestras to UIL. Congratulations to all of these very talented orchestra students and their hard-working orchestra teachers.”

In all McAllen ISD sent 19 groups to UIL and 16 of them came home with at least a Sweepstakes trophy or a Superior plaque. McAllen ISD made up 33 percent of the total groups performing and earned 44 percent of the Sweepstakes Awards. Both of those numbers were higher than any other school district in the region. 

For the first time in the history of Nikki Rowe High School, a Non-Varsity Full Orchestra received the Sweepstakes Award. 

Here are the schools that received Awards at the UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest: 


  • Brown Middle School Varsity String Orchestra
  • Cathey MS Varsity String Orchestra
  • Cathey MS Non-Varsity String Orchestra
  • Cathey MS Sub Non-Varsity String Orchestra
  • De Leon MS Varsity String Orchestra
  • Fossum MS Varsity String Orchestra
  • Fossum MS Non-Varsity String Orchestra
  • Morris MS Varsity String Orchestra
  • Travis MS Varsity String Orchestra
  • McAllen High Varsity Full Orchestra
  • McAllen High Non-Varsity Full Orchestra
  • Memorial High Varsity Full Orchestra
  • Memorial High Non-Varsity Full Orchestra
  • Rowe High Non-Varsity Full Orchestra

 Superior in Sight-Reading: 

  • Brown MS Non-Varsity String Orchestra
  • Rowe High Varsity Full Orchestra