Band takes fourth place at area


Aris Salinas

Band competed in the regional meet on Oct. 14.

William McWhorter, Staff Writer

On Saturday, October 22nd, the SVHS Ranger Band competed in the UIL 5A Area D Marching Contest at The Pfield in Pflugerville, TX. 

The 10 top-scoring groups out of the 22 competing bands would qualify for state; however, this is not a 5A state competition year.

The Ranger band scored an eight place finish in prelims and a fourth place finish in the finals competition.This is the highest placement for the Ranger Band at a UIL Area contest in over 20 years. 

The entire band and color guard attended the competition, regardless of whether they marched. Individuals who do not march still play a vital role in the show by working with props to enhance their general effect in performance.

Their show started with a snare solo played by Zach Niles, and a french horn quartet, which also included Ashley Young, Yamini Rana, Linsey Bared, and Hailee Gustafson. 

Their second movement featured another snare solo by Zach Govin and a woodwind quartet that includes Ainslee Wyatt, Grace Edens, Kyle Barton and Aidan Kellner.

The third movement featured a rendition of “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. played by Allie Quintero and Kyle Barton. To finish it off, there was a sextet in the fourth movement that featured Kyle Peter, Kyle Barton, Aidan Kellner, Allie Quintero, J.T. Wren and Lauren Feliciano. 

The show is a twist on the well-known story of Peter Pan. It started with Peter as an adult, stressed about his office job. Then, he is taken through a mirror, where the young Peter Pan emerges as he celebrates with Wendy. 

Throughout the show, the entire band and color guard have a costume change where they change from formal business attire to their “lost boy” attire. 

Color Guard played the most critical roles throughout the story of Peter Pan, the critical roles were from costumes and theatrics.

The person who played Peter Pan is Allie Bailey who plays as adult Peter Pan, Mary Grace McCash was playing as young Peter, and Emma McNeil played Wendy. The Drum Majors, William McBrayer, Abigail Wooten, and Jackie Nunez will conduct the band throughout the entire show and the small ensembles featured enhanced the overall music performance throughout the show. Overall, all band members played a key role as they all acted and danced to tell the story of their show. 

At their previous show, the Comal Classic Marching Competition, They won Outstanding Marching for class 5A, Outstanding Music for Class 5A and first Place in class 5A.

Earning first division in the region UIL marching contest meant that the band team got superior ratings from the judges. Band earned 1’s all across the board for both marching and music performance. 

The size of the band has decreased over the years but the power of the sound they produce has only grown. During rehearsals, they focus the most on cleaning the drill for the show and improving their marching technique throughout the band.