Last Saturday on October 6 the Tiger band competed at the Westlake marching competition, placing 2nd overall and 1st in 5A after finishing the Capital City Marching Festival at the Burger Stadium in Sunset Valley in first place with best Color Guard, and both the musical and visual awards.

“Our prelims run was very strong,” Assistant Drum Major junior Kearsen Erwin said. “We got our minds better in the game, and we had an even stronger one in finals.”

The band however, didn’t just pull this off on a whim as there was much preparation put into the show previously for this competition and competitions to come.

“We spent around 7 hours every day, except for on weekends, just practicing,” snare sophomore Stanton Stiernberg said.

Practicing for the performances, the band does quite a bit of repetitions to really solidify the show and make sure it is as successful as possible.

“The repetitions are what makes us better because then you can see where the problems are and fix them,” pit member freshman Hannah Fontenot said.

Another thing the Tiger Band does to ensure they are successful is they focus on their marching style a great deal.

“Style is super-duper important because Dripping Springs is notorious for our style,” flute player junior Sarah Banks said. “Everybody loves it, and people really expect us to have good style.”

Even though the band has had many different staff changes leading up to this marching season, the new additions are greatly benefiting the band.

“I definitely think it’s a more fun environment with Mr. Hairston,” bass clarinet player sophomore Caroline Olson said.

Overall, the band continues to build on its accomplishments, taking its confidence to Waco this weekend for Bands of America regionals.

“We got first place [at Capital City], and we got the award for best Color Guard,” sophomore baritone Brooklynn Abramson said. “I think that’s pretty awesome.”

Written by Pamela Lohman