Expect new look, sound from Gobbler band

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Those who attend Cuero High School football games can expect to hear a new sound from the Fighting Cuero Gobbler Marching Band.
 
This is thanks to the direction of the new head band director Rick Varela. Assistant band director is Brian Black.
 
Varela, a graduate of Cuero High School, returns to Cuero from Mathis High School, where he taught for seven years.
 
“I graduated in 02,” he said. “I watched the program over the years and thought it was time for me to come back and see what I can do with the program. [...] Bring back some traditions and change some as well.”
 
Black graduated from Tarleton State University in May.
 
“I wanted to get into a good school with a strong music program or, at least, a strong support for the music program, where I could really build as a teacher,” he said. “I interviewed at a lot of places and Cuero just seemed to be the fit. I’m really excited to work here in my first year directing.”
 
Varela said his goal is to turn the band from a traditional marching band to a competitive marching band.
 
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