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Tiger Band places in US band competition

Band travels to Bossier City to compete
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Members of the Tiger Band stand beside each other after their band competition on Oct. 14, 2023. Band placed 2nd in the competition.

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The stadium fills with silence. The announcer reads off the results, one by one, every band cheers for their own school. As the announcer announces the Tiger Band’s results, they jump and cheer with joy and excitement for their accomplishment.. 

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Tiger Band traveled to Bossier City, LA, to compete in the US Bands competition. There were a total of 15 that competed, only 10 proceeding to finals. Lafayette High School placed third, Texas High School placed second and Mount Pleasant High School placed first with their show, Wednesday, led under the field direction of Jose Fuentes, Shpat Zeqaj and Orion Senence.

“I felt great [about placing second overall],” junior percussionist Davin Standridge said.“It was an incredibly high improvement for our band and for everybody individually.”

The band placed second in the group three division and placed second overall. Tiger Band improved their score in US Bands, whereas they previously did not make finals in their Royse CIty competition. 

“[The last run] made me feel very pressured,” Standridge said. “But it felt amazing as well being able to perform another show in front of a big audience.”

Bands were supporting each other throughout the night. Tiger Band, however, bonded unlike they had in previous shows.

“Starting the show I immediately felt the energy coming off the field and I just knew it was about to be an incredible run of the show,” junior drum major Xavier Briggs said. “I remember thinking how during our warmup we truly all focused and became one big family striving toward a goal and we left our all on the field.”

Band achieved one of their goals for the year in this competition.

“It felt really amazing when I heard them announce that we made second place in finals,” Briggs said.”I believe it really motivated us to strive towards an even higher goal this season.”

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Lourdes Quijas
Lourdes Quijas, Staff Writer
Lourdes Quijas is returning for her third and final year in publications with Tiger Times. Outside of newspaper, she is the lead vibraphone player in the Tiger Band and practices every day to make sure she’s the best player she can be. Quijas is the Vice President of Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is known to be a very friendly person and is always smiling or laughing. She loves socializing with anyone and everyone and is ready to have a great senior year!  

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