The Dripping Springs Tiger Band is looking towards the end of their contest season as they get ready for the area competition. So far, the band has performed at BOA Austin, the Westlake Marching Festival, and the region competition.
After receiving ‘1’ ratings in all sections of last Tuesday’s region competition, the Tiger Band will perform at area on Saturday in hopes of advancing to state. At Westlake, the Tiger Band swept all 5A caption awards of outstanding percussion, outstanding auxiliary, outstanding marching, and outstanding music in preliminaries. The band then advanced to finals with a score of 89.80, almost 17 points higher than the 2nd place 5A band. The Tigers played last during final’s performances and ended up placing 2nd overall with a score of 93.25.
“I think more recently, in the past week, we’ve really stepped up and gotten to where we want to be,” said junior Kyle Anderson.
The Flight of Spring, the current band performance, has proven to be well-liked among the audience and judges at every contest, as well as the members of the band.
“We got second at Westlake, so that’s pretty good, and we got a score of ‘1’ at region last night, so that’s exciting” said Anderson.
Although the end of contest season can be stressful as state approaches, the students are very hopeful.
“I expect us to do really well, not mess up, and I want everyone to do their best,” explained Anderson.
The band starts working on their contest show in July, but continues to improve the show until the very last competition.
“I’d say [Westlake] was good, but we can still do better, there were a lot of things we could have done with more finesse,” said trumpet section leader Thomas Glass.
In their final week of preparation, the band will focus on working on and running through the entire show.
“I think part four can be a lot cleaner, it’s not as clean as everything else,” explained Glass.
At this weekend’s area contest, the top five scoring bands will advance to the state competition.
“I think we could definitely make it to state this year,” said Glass.
Written by Rylee Matousek