Westwood Warrior Marching Band Takes the Big Stage at BOA San Antonio Preliminaries


Westwood Band

The band performs at the Bands of America (BOA) San Antonio competition. They placed 17th in the 4a class and 20th overall at the competition. “I enjoyed getting the experience and I feel like it was just a really good performance that we all had,” Keira Humphries ’24 said. Photo courtesy of Westwood Band.

On November 5, the Westwood Warrior Marching Band placed 17th in the 4A class and 20th overall in the Bands of America (BOA) San Antonio competition at the AlamoDome. 

“It was a blast for everyone regardless of the results,” baritone section leader Jeromiah Patterson ‘22 said. “I definitely feel like [the BOA marching competition] was a great note to end off on. It was one of our best runs of the year.” 

Scoring was based on different areas including visual effect, music performance ensemble, and visual performance ensemble among others, and each area was scored out of twenty. The total score was out of 100 with the band earning 86.250 points total. Twelve bands then advanced to finals out of the 73 bands that competed in the preliminary round. 

“Honestly, I really loved the prelims performance,” color guard section leader Skye Iley ‘22 said. “I felt I did really well on it and everyone else that I saw in the [color] guard did amazing.”

The band has been continuously adding and tweaking their show since the end of July, when band camp started, until now. 

“I’m a little bit sad because I won’t get to perform anymore but I’m glad that this show and this run was one of the last ones because I feel really proud of myself and our band,” Iley said. 

This was the first competition that the band has had to travel for, as it took place in the AlamoDome. For freshmen and sophomores, this was a new experience. 

“I enjoyed [BOA San Antonio] a lot,” Joseph Clements ‘24 said. “It was a lot of fun getting to travel with the band and all of my friends. [Not making finals] is a little bit disappointing but we have another shot [at the UIL state competition], and it was enough fun that the score doesn’t matter.”

This competition is the second to last of the season, marking the end of the marching season which began at the end of July. The band will now transition into concert season, with their first concert being on Dec. 7.