Roma ISD breaks ground on band practice pad

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Roma ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new marching band practice pad, which will be used by the Mighty Gladiator Band Program, Monday, June 12, 2023 in Roma. (Courtesy: Roma ISD/Facebook)

Roma ISD broke ground Monday on a new $1.1 million marching band practice pad that the district says will further support its musicians.

The pad will provide students with a replica of the Gladiator Arena Field turf, a news release said, meaning musicians will no longer have to practice on hot parking lot asphalt.

The pad will be equipped with lights, electricity and a new direction platform. The project is funded through Roma ISD’s general fund, the release said.

“We are thrilled with this new practice pad, which will really solve many issues for our program,” Director Dena Laurel wrote. “We can’t wait to get ready for state marching band competition on the pad, which is right across from the Band Hall.

It will be more convenient and much safer for the students in many ways. We want to thank the Roma ISD School Board and Superintendent Carlos M. Gonzalez for moving forward with this project, which will benefit generations of future Gladiators.

“This is certainly excellence in action at Roma ISD.”

A spokesperson noted Tuesday that the band has made it to the UIL State Marching Band Competition 10 times since 2001.