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Westlake Band Finishes 10th in State

On November 8th & 9th, the Westlake Chaparral Marching Band competed at the UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Out of the 38 bands that qualified for State, the Chap Band was one of 12 selected to perform in the Finals Competition. After placing 11th in the preliminary performance, they moved up one spot and placed 10th in the Finals, earning recognition as being in the top 4% of Texas bands!

band finishes 10th in state

Their performances last week marked the first time at the State Marching Contest for the band since 2018, the 15th time they have qualified for State, and their 5th appearance in State Finals.

The Chap Band’s 2021 contest show is entitled “Adrift” and represents a journey across the waves. The music in each movement expresses a different part of that journey - the beginning excitement of new possibilities, the confusion and chaos of stormy waters, a call of support, and finally the arrival at a lighthouse, a beacon of hope. 

This season was a return to competitive marching band after a year off from travel due to the COVID pandemic. Both the freshman and sophomore classes came into the season having never experienced a contest. However, the juniors and seniors quickly took them under their wing and stepped up to show them what being in band really means. Westlake senior and Band President, Will Dickinson, puts it this way - 

“Through our official tenets, students are taught to demonstrate character in their actions each and every day; to support their family and those close to them, no matter the circumstance; to value teamwork and utilize its potential to the fullest; to strive for excellence, both on and off the field, and to show passion in what we commit ourselves to as individuals. At the end of the day, the foundations of our successes and capabilities derive directly from our adherence to these simple principles. From them, we can obtain both the reasons to keep pushing forward as well as the means to do so.” 

It takes more than a small village to pull off getting 200+ students on the field for a performance. The band would like to thank all of the band parents and family members for their support. From early morning rides to rehearsal and late-night pickups after games to serving meals, building props, chaperoning events, and loading and unloading and reloading trucks… 

The Chap Band would like to thank all of the students, staff and teams that showed up for the band send-off last week. The band would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and administration of Westlake High School and Eanes ISD for their continued support of Fine Arts in our community! 

Go Chaps!