VHS band and Vision wins 2nd at state & Bands of America

Photos by Jennifer Lin Craven

By KRISTEN HILL, Contributor

With its field production “Juliet Letters”, the Vandegrift band and Vision Dance Co. placed 2nd in both the UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest, and the Bands Of America San Antonio Super Regional Championship.

The 6A state contest was November 8 and 9, and BOA was held a few days earlier on November 5 and 6. The VHS program’s 386 students traveled to San Antonio as both competitions were held at the Alamodome. The Vipers performed the show four times in five days.

“Receiving a UIL state medal is a big deal,” said Mike Howard, director of bands at VHS. Silver is the highest achievement in 6A marching for the VHS program. 

There were 246 Texas 6A marching bands that started the UIL advancement process a month ago. After five rounds of competition, the number of bands was reduced to the finals competition of the top 12 bands in 6A.   

“To have our students be recognized as the 2nd place silver medalist in all of class 6A is a testament to their hard work and dedication,” Howard said.

For the BOA Super Regional, the band finished in second place with a score of 95.200 in the finals round. In the preliminary round, VHS placed third and won the Outstanding Visual Performance Caption. 

“I continue to be honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work with the band and Vision students at Vandegrift High School,” Howard said. “What a special few days for all involved!”

More photos on pages 6-7.

UIL 6A state finals 

2021 UIL 6A State Champion – Hebron

Silver Medalist – Vandegrift

Bronze Medalist – Marcus

4th Flower Mound

5th Coppell

6th Ronald Reagan

7th Cedar Ridge

8th Claudia Taylor Johnson

9th Keller

10th Westlake

11th Vista Ridge

12th Southlake Carroll

Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional 2021 

95.950 – Hebron   

95.200 – Vandegrift . 

94.725 – Claudia Taylor Johnson  

94.550 – The Woodlands 

93.975 – Ronald Reagan  

92.825 – Cedar Ridge  

91.900 – Marcus  

90.825 – Coppell  

90.500 – Leander  

89.975 – Keller  

89.975 – Cedar Park  

89.650 – Vista Ridge  

89.500 – Rouse  

87.425 – Pearland