Band Showcases Talent in Festival of Bands

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J. High

Jaycie High, Photographer

On Oct. 6, band performed at the Fifteenth Annual Festival of Bands. Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex was packed with people waiting to see their kids perform and 6:30 is when the magic began.

The Festival of Bands brings together the Round Rock middle schools and high schools to raise money for the fine arts programs and for scholarships to students needing financial aid for private music lessons. Middle schools such as Canyon Vista, Grisham, and Walsh played. Along with them, high schools such as Westwood, Stony Point, and Cedar Ridge showcased their skills.

Quita Culpepper from KVUE News was the Master of Ceremonies. She asked each group of high school Drum Majors from their respective schools about their experience in the band and what the band would be performing. Each middle school played two songs and each high school played a medley of songs. Each band was accompanied by their respective Color Guard. Westwood was the twelfth band to perform.

“Personally, I think we did good but we will judge ourselves harsh,” Blake Hollifield ’17 said.

This has been a long time coming since they started practicing on July 30.

“Hard work and dedication has been put into practicing and making the performance the best it can be,” Alicia Perez ’17 said.

The night was topped off by the University of Texas Longhorn Band. The crowd roared with excitement, clapped along with the band, and held their hands up high displaying the Longhorn sign. According to a UT band representative, there were over 400 members present.