On Monday, October 24, the Warrior Band and Drumline participated in the TAPPS Fall Band and Drumline Championships. The rain in Waco all that day caused the competition to be moved indoors. The rain also led to some unusual preparation for performance, as the drumline brought their drums onto the bus and continued practicing for the competition. The band performed their show "Cartoonish", featuring various cartoon theme songs such as "Sponge Bob Square Pants" and "Little Einsteins". The clinician, who met with the band after their performance, was very complimentary of the fun and energetic way in which the band presented their show. He had some great suggestions for ways in which the band could continue to grow and improve in their musicianship as well. In the end, the band was given a rating of Excellent, which is the highest rating the band has every achieved.
The Warrior Drumline presented their show "Conflict", which featured four cadences written specifically for the Warrior Drumline. The cadences represented a complex mix of rhythms and performance techniques which have challenged the drumline since they were given the music at the end of last school year. However, they were able to put on a great show and bring a lot of energy to the performance room. In the end, the Warrior Drumline was given a rating of Good and finished as State Runner-Up.
Congratulations to both groups on a great TAPPS season, and good luck to the Warrior Drumline as they prepare to perform their show once again at the Drum Along The Brazos competition coming up on November 12.