Last Monday, I joined hundreds of parents, district staff and community members from across Leander ISD who gathered once again at Bible Stadium in Leander to enjoy the Festival of Bands. All six of our high school bands performed their marching shows, as well as concert performances from our middle school bands.
Thousands of students — in band, color guard and drill team — took the field to perform what many in the audience agreed were collegiate-level half-time shows. Their musicality, precision and unison, the quality of their performance props, everything from top to bottom shows just how much work these students and their instructors have dedicated to making LISD home to the most competitive band program in the state.
Not to be out-shone, our middle school students performed well beyond their years! Several LISD middle schools have won regional, statewide, even national acclaim. In fact, two Cedar Park Middle School students spent a week in New York this summer, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the distinguished Middle School Honors Performance Series.
We were happy to have representatives of the Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) on-hand at the Festival. LEEF presented a check for $1,000 to benefit LISD’s fine arts department, helping to fund instrument rentals for students wishing to join band or orchestra, UIL participation fees and other programs that encourage arts participation for all students.
Our marching bands were properly warmed up for Monday’s Festival following the Austin Regional Bands of America competition the preceding Saturday. LISD cleaned up once again, with Cedar Park, Leander, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge high schools all finishing in the top 10 overall.
In the preliminary rounds, Leander and Cedar Park took the first and second spots respectively in their division. In final competition, Vandegrift finished second overall, also tying with Claudia Taylor Johnson High School in San Antonio for the Outstanding Music Performance distinction.
We look forward to cheering on all six LISD high schools at the Bands of America Super Regional Championship in San Antonio this November. In addition, Cedar Park and Rouse will return to UIL 5A competition this fall, with Cedar Park looking to defend its state championship title.
It is an amazing display of teamwork to watch these marching shows come to life — the band students, drum majors, color guard, drill team, instructors, parent volunteers, all working together for months to build these incredible showcases of talent. Best of luck to our student performers and know that we will support you the entire way as #1LISD.