ROBSTOWN- As students walked into the Robstown Early College High School campus on Monday morning, band students welcomed them with upbeat tunes. 

"We wanted to open the school year with a bang," Principal Sylvia Romero said. "We want freshmen and other returning students to feel welcome here." 

Band Director Charles Cabrera said the band playing on the first day of school helps build school spirit.

"It's great to be a Cotton Picker," Cabrera said. "We want to build memories for our kids and make our performances exciting." 

Cabrera said his goal is to build numbers of the band and to be more entertaining during the halftime show at football games. He said the band will be playing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' which is something the students are looking forward to.

Senior Noah Ceballos who plays Alto Saxophone, said he felt the school spirit as he welcomed students and teachers back to campus.

"It brought a sense of pride back," Ceballos said. "Everyone takes time off during summer and forgets that energy. This was a good way to start out on a good note."

Ceballos said he plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study Communications and come back to his hometown to be a News Anchor.

Band students marched from the band hall to the front of the Science Building on Picker Lane and played a few pieces before classes started on the first day of school.

Among all students starting their first day were Tiara Torres and Alexis Hill, both seniors this year.

Torres said she and Hill have been best friends since they were in seventh grade, which makes this year difficult for her.

"It's emotional because it's our last first day, but I'm going to make the best of it," Torres said. 

Hill is a Varsity Cheerleader for the high school and said she's looking forward to making memories during her last year.

"I'm going to make sure I spend as much time with my friends as I can and make it a great year," Hill said.

Torres said she plans to become a Court Reporter and Hill wants to study Forensic Science.

For students wanting to get ahead in their education, Robstown Early College High School has been offering students the opportunity to graduate with an associate's degree for two years now.

"It's exciting for students to be given that option and the school pays for the tuition," Principal Romero said. "It's cheaper for parents and the students can get a head start."

Every campus of the Robstown Independent School District started school on Monday, August 7.