by Estevan Encinia and Michaela Perez, UHS Journalism
When someone asks Uvalde High School jazz band director Darren McCarty if he has big enough feet to fill the previous director’s shoes, he answers, “Well, I think he took his shoes with him.”
While it can be difficult to follow a successful act, McCarty has made the transition flawlessly. His predecessor, Mark Lyon, developed an outstanding high school jazz program. McCarty joined the UHS band program before Lyon.
“Mark Lyon and I were a great team. We were on the same page when it came to interpreting jazz and teaching it. He is also a top-shelf player, with a deep blues influence – which is my favorite kind of player. He had a high regard of my ability, and I worked tirelessly to try to earn that respect.”
Fabiano Vieira won the fifth-annual Cactus Jack Bull Riding event by being the only rider to cover all three of his bulls as the Cactus Jack Foundation raised an estimated $55,000- $60,000 for the youth of Uvalde. Vieria is the number-three bull rider in the world standings; he added 80 points to his points-total Saturday night after successfully riding the bull Yoga and earning a score of 88 in the final round. He was so excited about the feat he nearly tossed his cowboy hat into the massive ceiling fans used to cool the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. A video of his winning ride and other highlights can be seen online at www.uvaldeleadernews.com.