Band places 14th at Bands of America Super Regional contest


Lauren Kriss

The band performed their show “Undying Love” Friday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 in San Antonio for the annual Bands of America Super Regional contest. The BOA competition is different from UIL because the theme is taken in to account, which was exciting for this year’s band because of their “Stairway to Heaven” prop that the color guard jumps from at the end of the show.

At the BOA competition, the band made it to finals and placed 14th overall.

But for Drum Major junior Autumn Whaley, the placement isn’t what’s most important.

“Doing well at competition I define as just having a great run,” Whaley said. “So the placement is always kind of an extra bonus.”

According to tenor trombone player senior Anna Wessels, competition is all about sharing it with her fellow band members.

“The best part of competing is sharing a great moment with others that have worked just as hard as you for a final product,” Wessels said.

And for some band members, like flute player sophomore Allison Mae, competing is a rush.

“The best part about competing for me, is the thrill of going out onto the field and showing off all of your hard work and the goose bumps you get after a good performance,” Mae said.

Why does band do so well in competition? According to Mae, it’s the many practices.

“We do so well in competitions because we work together as a team to make things better during rehearsals, and then apply them in our performance with a lot of concentration,” Mae said.

The hard work isn’t stopping yet for band, they will be competing at the UIL state marching competition Nov. 4-5

Mae is very confident about the upcoming competition.

“I see the band making State finals but if we don’t win state, I believe we will be close,” Mae said.