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24th place in Bands of America

Bands of America is a marching band competition held across the US from October to November. The Tiger Band competed on Saturday, November 5, placing 24th overall.

“Band is important to me because it’s a really big team building activity and you make lots of friends. It’s like one big family and it’s really fun,” said freshman Chris Gearing. Band fills the lives of its students, but fills their hearts as well. “Getting to talk to all the other band people around me is the most fun thing about Bands of America,” said sophomore Samantha Foster. Students enjoy BoA for its many social and competitive advantages.

“We do it to get evaluated by a group of judges and to see what we are improving on and what we need to work on,” said band director Keith Lancaster. Bands of America provides an opportunity for the band to be judged on a higher level and have fun with other bands from across the state and country. “I think that this group has been more willing to try new things, serving them well,” said band director Derek Woods. Each year, the band group changes, adding an interesting new twist to the show.

“I’ll definitely miss the thrill of waking up each morning to get better,” said junior Chris Lee. The early hours and late nights don’t stop the Tiger Band from persevering and putting on great shows. “I’ll miss spending all of my time with my friends,” said Foster. Although the group is about to change again, this band will always be a family.

“I’m looking forward to having a new, super cool show next year. Maybe we’ll even place at Bands of America and make it to finals,” said Gearing. “I look forward to being a senior and having fun my senior year with band,” said Lee. The Tiger Band repeatedly puts on exceptional shows for the enjoyment of all people, and Bands of America is a great way to showcase their talents!

Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

Twenty One Fans

“Wish we could turn back time/ To the good ‘ole days/ When our mamas sang/ Us to sleep but now we’re/ Stressed Out,” sings a budding band in their hit song, “Stressed Out”. Twenty One Pilots, a band quickly climbing the totem pole of popular culture, is surrounding the minds of teenagers with lyrics and passion. “My friends kept telling me to check them out, and when I did, I fell in love with them,” sophomore Varun Verma said. The “them” being referred to is the hit band, Twenty One Pilots. Twenty One Pilots has a large fan base that is spread throughout the world, and if there is one commonality between them, it’s that they are all die-hard about the music.

“Down in the forest/ We’ll sing a chorus/ One that everybody knows,” sings the group on their album Regional at Best in 2011. Although it has taken this long, they most definitely have teens uniting together over their music and lyrics. “I like them because they sound different,” said Olivia Caldera, “You could have a completely different music style than I have because Twenty One Pilots kind of blends genres.” They band covers topics, but are still excited and happy to be there. Twenty One Pilots has a unique way of making people feel at peace, and the performers themselves are always excited to help. “Their songs sound like a celebration in concert,” said sophomore Vasi Bjeletich, “I think that they said a bunch of the things that a bunch of us feel. A lot of songs are love songs, and those are nice, but they’re not super relatable. With Twenty One Pilots songs, you can feel them.”

“These lyrics aren’t for everyone, only few understand,” sings Twenty One Pilots on their album Blurryface released in 2015. It’s really cool to have music that says our thoughts and feelings out loud and that writes our feelings down. Of their songs, Holding Onto You, seems to be a common favorite. In particular, the stanza “You think twice about your life/ It probably happens at night, right?/ Fight it, take the pain ignite it/ Tie a noose around your mind loose enough to breathe fine/ And tie it to a tree and tell it/ You belong to me this ain’t a noose/ This is a leash and I have news for you/ You must obey me,” is attractive to teens. This stanza gives teens hope and allows them to know that there are ways to fight back against their struggles. The lyrics contained in the artwork that is Twenty One Pilots music often contain messages that speak to people on a deep emotional level. “I think it kind of amplifies what I’m already feeling,” said Bjeletich.

“Something we can relate to/ All of us relate/ If it’s something we’ve been through,” the band sings on Regional at Best. Some of their songs are generic, not that they don’t have any meaning, but that everyone can relate to, like Stressed Out. Everyone can relate to stress, but not everyone can relate to topics in Trees or stuff like that. One of the goals of any musician is to create meaningful, relatable music, and Twenty One Pilots has been successfully achieving this for the last five years.

The only issue is that to some, their music is becoming too relatable, stealing away its value to original clique members. I get really mad when people are fake clique members because it’s like “Yeah, their music is cool, but do you understand the lyrics? Do you know what people have gone through?” Because of what many of Twenty One Pilots do experience, it is a very reasonable feeling to be angry at people who do not understand.

“I know/ Where you stand/ Silent/ In the trees,” sings the band on their albums Regional at Best and Vessel. To be blunt, teenagers experience emotions and go through periods of depression and other things that can leave them feeling hopeless, and Twenty One Pilots save them from those feelings or help them through it.

“I will fly with no hope, no fear,” sings the band in their final song of their self-titled album, Twenty One Pilots. Twenty One Pilots provides emotional relief to teenagers and truly all people who experience any kind of powerful emotion. As Varun Verma said, “They’re a great band and anyone who’s interested should definitely try to listen to them.”


Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

Thunder in the Hills and on the Field

dumlineThunder is a noise that holds great power and begs for respect from all who are near, so it only makes sense that the Tiger Drumline hosts the Thunder in the Hills Drumline contest annually.

Bands from around Texas are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a renowned panel of judges from across the country. In its 8th year, Thunder in the Hills will host judges Tim Jackson, Caleb Roth, Brad Meyer, and Ray Ulibarri. All are encouraged to come.

“If you’ve never attended a drumline contest, it’s a lot of fun and really cool to see,” percussion instructor Jason Dye said.

“Seeing all the innovative and creative things that students can do from just percussion instruments is the interesting part,” Band Director Keith Lancaster said.

Bands that compete at Thunder in the Hills use a wide range of instruments, from basic percussion instruments such as the timpani to African instruments and even electronic keyboards.

“Preparing for it is absolutely not my favorite part,” Dye said, “and it’s been nothing but a headache.”

Although the preparations for such a fun event may be difficult, the journey seems to be worth the wait.

“That’s going to be a fun part, getting some advice for us to make our group better. That ought to be a lot of fun,” Dye said.

In addition to providing helpful tips on improving Tiger Band’s Drumline and showcasing statewide bands, Thunder in the Hills is a great fundraiser.

“It’s also a good public relations tool to connect with other schools and bands in the area,” Band Director Derek Woods said.

In both the business and competitive world, public relations is crucial. Thunder in the Hills will be held at the Tiger Stadium on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As Lancaster said, “If you want to see some great drumming and see a really cool and competitive event, come on out.”



Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

Tiger Band makes state

Dripping Springs High School cheers on the Tiger Band as they leave for state.

The Dripping Springs Tiger Band headed off to the UIL State Marching Band competition at the Alamodome in San Antonio on November 3rd. Out of the 253 other 5A High Schools in Texas, only ten performed in the state finals, Dripping Springs finished 6th.

Band Director Keith Lancaster said he couldn’t be more proud of the effort put in by the band members.

“We didn’t even make it to State last time, so to make it there this year was a big accomplishment,” Lancaster said. “To make it to finals was an even bigger accomplishment and to come out 6th was very exciting.”

Lancaster says that it’s an awesome experience to see the band members becoming a family.

“Getting to see the students grow closer together and getting to spend time with them is an amazing experience,” Lancaster said.

For Junior band member Grey McBride, it is humbling just to be in the band that made it to State.

“I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish,” McBride said. “The level of professionalism and responsibility we put into the show was really great, considering how much we had been through together.”

For non-band students, like Junior Shane Miller, the band their representation of DSHS is a point of pride.

“I love how well the band is doing this year,” Miller said. “It’s cool to see how much support our school provides for all school related organizations and activities.”

Written by J.T. Dahill

Staff Writer

Band is successful, continues to state

IMG_7512The 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 performancehas 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

Online Editor

The “Flight of Spring” takes off

The DSHS Tiger Band performs during UIL State Finals

This year, our Dripping Springs High School Marching Band is preparing once again for a great show inspired by the migration of the Monarch butterfly, entitled “The Flight of Spring”.

“The migration of the Monarch Butterfly is a yearly journey taken from the northern areas of USA and southern Canada to a fairly concentrated area of Mexico,” explains Derek Woods, one of the band’s directors. “In our portrayal of the Monarch Butterfly’s journey, the field is divided into the north and the south zone, with props depicting Fall that change to Spring. Along the way, the butterflies are attacked by predatory birds, but make it to the south successfully and enjoy the southern climate till the spring arrives and the journey back north begins again.”

For this show, the music is based on “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky and Symphony #9 Adagio by Antonin Dvorak.

“There are a lot of rapid changes but then there is a slow melodical part,” shares section leader Kamrie Holms. “This year has a lot more classical, strict music with hard changes. I like this year a lot better, the music is cooler to me.”

This year’s show seems very well prepared with intricacies beyond what words can tell.

“Every year we try to create a show that will be intriguing and entertaining to the audience along with being educationally sound to the student,” said Woods. “I think that this year’s show has the potential to meet those goals and beyond.”

Thus far everybody shares the same feeling, the band is doing well. The school couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments of our Tiger Band and we are excited for the steps forward the band will take in the coming months.

“The students are working together to make improvements every day in the quality of sound and marching style” assured Woods.

“The band is looking very good,” added Holms, “We are really positive this year.”

The group this year has a lot of potential, but according to the senior Trey Boehm, the head drum major, “[compared to past years band] has a little bit less talent, but the band is looking very strong this year.”

The same weekend as the homecoming dance, the band will have its first contest at the Round Rock ISD stadium at the Band of America (BOA) Austin Regional.

“We don’t really know how we are going to do because there is a bunch of very good bands there,” confessed Boehm. “We’re really hoping to make state again like we have before”.

The competition includes bands from Leander, Vandegrift, Vista Ridge, Cedar Park, Bowie, Round Rock, and more.

“We focus on making sure that we’re performing to the very best of our ability for that moment and let the competitive outcome be determined by the judges” said Woods, “This philosophy helps make the ‘state’ years and the ‘non-state’ year consistent.”

“I having hopeful feelings,” said Holms, “but I don’t want to expect to make it to state, just push to get a result we deserve and not expect the result we want.”

Written by Prune Savelli

Staff Writer