Marching band advances to State


Claire Schaffer

Senior trumpet player Liam Lord marches during the haltime show at the game against Vanderift on Sept. 23.


The marching band has done it again. The 260-member band will advance to State UIL competition Nov. 8 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The show is entitled “Le Jardin” and features songs such as Édith Piaf’s La vie en Rose,  Flower Duet by Léo Delibes, Tip-Toe Through The Tulips by Tiny Tim and many more. The show also features three harpists with individual solos. Throughout the show, the band makes extravagant flowers all around the field and wows the crowd with brass and flute solos in a piece composed specifically for the WHS band.

“It feels good to know all of our hard work has paid off, and we now get to advance to new challenges,” third trumpet section leader senior Roshan Chandrashekar said.

At the UIL Regional competition Oct. 22 at Vista Ridge, the band placed in the top 10 and advanced to Area.

“After my performance, my heart was pounding and I was filled with joy,” sophomore Zane Deviney said. “I knew I had put all of my effort into my performance so it was the best it could be.”

At Area Oct. 29 in San Antonio’s Farris Stadium, the band placed in the top four to qualify for State. The last time the band made it to State was two years ago.

“All of our practice had led up to this moment,” senior Toby Grace said. “All of the marching fundamentals we learned stood out in our show, and all of the music we practiced as well.”