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SAGU alumnus wins 5A UIL High School band concertWaxahachie, Texas — June 13, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Jared Bass becomes the first alumni to win a 5A first division at a University Interscholastic League (UIL) concert contest with Grand Prairie High School.

Bass said, "We had 85 students -- that's almost 1/3 the size of most other 5A bands. We were understaffed compared to the other bands, so we were the underdogs. Our main goal was to raise our score from the third division the year before."

He continued, "To accomplish something the school hasn't done since 2009 was something special. Nobody except us thought it could happened, and it did. We couldn't be happier!"

Bass began directing Maypearl High School's band in Maypearl, Texas, from 2007 to 2009. During his time at Maypearl, he increased student participation and raised scores in the high school band.

In 2009, he began assistant directing at Itasca High School. The band earned two UIL Sweepstakes and trips to the State Marching Contest in 2009 and 2012.

Bass became Grand Prairie High School's Assistant Band Director in 2012. In early November, He was served as Interim Head Band Director where he ran, maintained, and advanced the band program.

Bass shared, "Texas public schools take great pride in having some of the best band programs in the nation, and for that matter, some of the highest standards at contests. On top of that, the DFW metroplex houses some of the best high school band programs."

He continued, "The 5A level of UIL is highly competitive. There are multiple perennial State Honor Bands, State Marching Contest Champions, and Bands of America Champions within 20 minutes of my school."

Bass mentioned, "This past school year I have found myself reflecting more on all of my Bible core classes from SAGU. I found myself under unbelievable pressure. Instead of trying to see the best way for me to deal with circumstances on my own, I let God take control. It is his will for me to be where I am today."

Bass grew up in Spring, Texas, and later moved to and graduated from Burleson High School in 2002. He graduated from SAGU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with an emphasis in trombone. He met his wife Lindsay in their freshman music courses. After six years of marriage, they are expecting their first child in November.

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