Leander ISD marching bands sweep state contest


by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE News and Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on November 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 9:38 PM

LEANDER, Texas -- Members of Vista Ridge High School's marching band performed in the Alamodome on Monday and Tuesday in front of a panel of judges for the University Interscholastic League’s state marching band finals.

Vista Ridge band director Bryan Christian said he felt very fortunate his band competed at the state level. The school placed third in the contest.

"This journey has been amazing. It really would not have mattered what place we came out. The kids have worked really hard all year long," Christian said. 

Christian also credited his associate directors of bands, Kyle Ruschhaupt and Hector Gil, and the school's dance directors, Araceli Lopez and Jaime Herrera.

McKenzie Bolton and Marissa Dominguez are drum majors. Dominguez said when she heard she finished in the top three, "I was like, 'oh my gosh, that's us', and it was just crazy. It was just great."

Bolton said, "We have to...quickly compose ourselves and do our salute, but, yeah...I couldn't help but...I couldn't contain my smile. I was just like, 'oh my gosh!'”

Zac Richards, Vista Ridge's band president, said, "[It's] just the most amazing experience a band student can have to be able to play in the Alamodome and know that you're among the 28 greatest bands in the state of Texas competing for a championship is just amazing."

One of Vista Ridge's sister schools, Cedar Park High School, also placed in the top three, finishing second. And another, Vandegrift High School, finished first, making it a sweep for Leander ISD.

Even though the schools are rivals, "We were rooting for each other," said Bolton.  

Christian said, "For us, just to know that first, second and third place are all within 10 miles of each other is pretty amazing."