VHS band competes in Super Regional, Historic finals appearance for LISD

Viper band and Vision Dance Co. at Bands of America Super Regionals in  San Antonio last weekend. Photo by Rich Keith

Viper band and Vision Dance Co. at Bands of America Super Regionals in San Antonio last weekend. Photo by Rich Keith

By RICH KEITH, Four Points News

The Vandegrift High School marching band and Vision Dance Company took 10th place in the Bands of America Super Regional finals contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday.

“The Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional is known for being the hardest marching competition in the country,” said Mike Howard, VHS director of bands.

Notably, Leander ISD became the first school district to send four band programs to a single BOA finals performance.

“Out of 65 bands, it is amazing that half of the 14 finalist bands are from the Austin area. Above that, four of the bands are from Leander ISD,” Howard said. “This was an historic night for Central Texas bands and Leander ISD.”BOA_finals_5

Saturday’s BOA Super Regional competition was won by San Antonio’s Claudia Taylor Johnson HS, followed by Austin’s James Bowie HS in 2nd place and Leander HS taking 3rd. Leander also tied with Marcus HS for the outstanding music performance award category.

Cedar Park HS took 7th in the finals, Vandegrift took 10th and Vista Ridge HS took 14th in finals competition.Preparing_to_enter_Alamodome_Rachel Han_

The top bands from this and three other Super Regionals from across the country can move on to the Grand Championships in Indianapolis.

LISD’s presence showed its Class AAA schools can compete nationally with the best Class AAAA schools, as the nine other finalist bands were each larger Class AAAA programs. (Not the same classifications as UIL uses.)

“I am very proud of the band performances and successes,” said Bret Champion, LISD superintendent. “It’s a tribute to the hard work of the students, staff and parents, and also a tribute to our terrific middle school band programs.”

“We cannot forget our wonderful dance programs, as well as the color guard, all of whom make the shows come to life. Leander ISD fine arts programs continue to lead the way in the state of Texas,” Champion added.

Leading up to the finals on Saturday, was the preliminary competition on Friday. At that, VHS competed with 65 top marching bands from across the country. Vandegrift —​ with its program “Joy of Life” inspired by music from Aaron Copeland —​ placed second in Class AAA. Leander was 1st and Cedar Park was 3rd.

Their results got them to the Saturday evening finals performance for the second time in VHS history.

“I couldn’t be happier with how the VHS band wrapped up this year’s competitive season,” Howard said.

“If this is your first BOA San Antonio Super Regional, please know that making this finals contest is a big deal,” he told the students.

This completes the Viper marching season for 2014.

Next up for the band’s drumline is the Lone Star Drumline Contest on Saturday in Dallas.Leaving_Alamodome_1_Left_Carson_Broe_Right_Bennett_Bury


2014 Bands of America Super Regional San Antonio Finals :

93.35 – Claudia Taylor Johnson HS

92.15 – James Bowie HS

91.80 – Leander HS

91.00 – Marcus HS

90.10 – The Woodlands HS

90.05 – Hebron HS

89.95 – Cedar Park HS

88.90 – L.D. Bell HS

87.35 – Ronald Reagan HS

87.05 – Vandegrift HS

85.05 – Round Rock HS

84.70 – Westlake HS

84.55 – Flower Mound HS

84.00 – Vista Ridge HS