Parents and Students,

Congratulations on a fantastic first competition yesterday.  For those of you that are new to this, the Bands of America Competition circuit is one of the most competitive in the entire country.  This was a tough competition that included several Grand National Finalists and Super Regional Finalists from past years.  The students really stepped it up with an early prelims time and performed their best show to date.  After receiving 2nd place in prelims, I was very excited to find out that we were one of the top 5 finalist bands!  There were several good bands at this show who did not receive the opportunity to perform in Finals and I’m so excited that the students got the opportunity to perform again.  With 12 hours between the two performances, I couldn’t have asked for more from our students.  GREAT JOB!!  This is only the 5th time in our school history that we’ve qualified for a Bands of America Championship Finals.  We will perform in one other Bands of America Competition later in the year at the Alamodome.  Let’s keep pushing!

The announcement sheet as well as a detailed itinerary for the Vista Ridge Marching Festival are attached.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.  This Saturday will be much easier on our students as we do not meet until after lunch.


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Vista Ridge Marching Festival 

Please note that WE DO NOT have a football game this Friday.  Every year, there is one Friday without a game and that happens to be this Friday.


Mike Howard

Director of Bands

Vandegrift High School