Band places 10th at BOA competition

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Band competed in the super-regional contest, Bands of America at the Alamodome last Friday. The band competed with 64 bands from all over Texas in hopes of taking one of the top 14 spots to make it to finals.
Vandegrift ultimately made it to finals, which took place on Saturday, and placed 10th overall. Their final score was 87.05.
“I think the score was very accurate to the ability level that we achieved on Saturday,” band director Stephanie Grote said. “We were very pleased with our performance. It was a great way to end the season.”
The band’s show, called Joy of Life, was dedicated to Cale and Peggy Howard who passed away just last year.
“It was very emotional,” Grote said. “We wish [they] could still be here today, but it was also extremely rewarding to be able to honor them that way.”
BOA officially concluded marching season, with the exclusion of band performing Thriller for the Legacies to dance to at the football game that same night.
“My personal goal is keep making San Antonio super-regional finals, make state next year and win state next year.” junior Zach Burky said. “You know, start being the band that people are afraid of.”
Now that marching season is over, band is currently working on their winter concert music.
“Concert season is the most diverse part of band,” Burky said. “In one minute, you can go from playing as loud as you physically can, to softer than is audible, from alert to asleep. I love it.”

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