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Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

Thanking his co-workers, Head Band Director Thomas Turpin expresses his gratitude to the Warrior Band. 2024 would mark his 15th and final year teaching at Westwood before he departs. “Working with this community has been one of the greatest honors of my life. The students and staff are world-class, and they have pushed me to be a better teacher and version of myself every day,” Mr. Turpin said.  “I have grown as a person, musician, and academic, and I am so grateful that Ive been able to call Westwood my musical home for 15 years.”

The Final Cutoff: Band Director Thomas Turpin Takes New Step in Career

Sabareesh Dinakaran and Jacob Chow June 3, 2024

After 15 years of laughter, hardships, and learning, Head Band Director Thomas Turpin cut off the Alma Mater one last time, marking the end of his career with the Westwood Warrior Band. His time teaching...

This year, the Warrior full orchestras swept the competition with superior ratings while competing at a high level.

Full Orchestras Sweep Competition with Superior Ratings

Jacob Chow, Heritage Staff March 19, 2024

The performance hall's acoustics amplified the Philharmonic orchestras' beautiful melodies at the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, March 7. The Westwood full orchestras swept...

Performing their piece Performing Summer by Michael Markowski, the Philharmonic four full orchestra displays their musicianship for the Westwood Community. This year, the philharmonic four will perform as the schools varsity orchestra. The piece is difficult, and there are many difficult chords to balance that [the band] usually doesnt play. french horn player Joseph Clements 23 said. Overall, I think we played well given the amount of time we rehearsed.

Full Orchestra Showcases Musicianship at Pre-UIL Concert

Jacob Chow, Heritage Staff March 5, 2024

The sounds of an intricate melody of strings and winds filled the stage as the full orchestra performed their Pre-University Interscholastic League (UIL) concert on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Raymond E....

The Drum Majors stand before the band eagerly waiting for the results for finals to be announced at the BOA St. Louis Super Regional. The band had performed their show Birds on a Wire at multiple competitions before the Super Regional with outstanding results, so the Warriors were expecting nothing short of excellent results.

Band Makes History at St. Louis Super Regional

Jacob Chow and Mina Stephens November 10, 2023

On Oct. 28, the Westwood Warrior Marching Band made history by placing third at the Bands of America (BOA) St. Louis Super Regional in St. Louis, Missouri, competing against 80 bands that attended.  “I’m...

Sprinting through a tunnel of students, Rishi Baranga 23 smiles as he is cheered on by band upperclassmen. In addition to a blockhead, many members, including Baranga, were given candy and other additional treats.

Band’s Exhibition Performance Endures

Sophia Sartor and Hannah McDonough August 28, 2022

Holding a scaled-down version of their annual exhibition on Thursday, Aug. 25, the Westwood Band showcased the hard work they put in during summer band camp. Long before school started, members spent...

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