The Canadian High School Wildcat Band has recently earned two honors: in the Outstanding Performance Series and the Honor Band Competition. In both contests, the band is the only one in the Panhandle recognized at the state level in Class 3A.
The Association of Texas Small School Bands Outstanding Performance Series is a compact disc audition process designed to select the most outstanding Class 1C, 2C, 1A/2A, 3A, and 4A concert band programs in the state each year. Band Director Jennifer Webber said the Wildcat Band placed fifth out of 15 bands in 3A.
The top two bands’ performances are published on a CD. “We came very close this year, and I am really proud of how well our recording placed,” said Webber. In the competition, all three of the band’s concert contest pieces were judged separately. Their performance of “La Madre de los Gatos,” by Brian Beck was the piece that advanced from area, where they had placed third.
In the Texas Music Educator’s Association Honor Band Competition, the Wildcat Band placed 10th out of 13 bands. All three of the band’s pieces were judged together as a program. The CD included “The Crown of Castile,” by Johnnie Vinson, “La Madre de los Gatos,” by Brian Beck, and “West Highland Sojourn,” by Robert Sheldon. The band had placed second at Area.
“We were up against some stellar programs this year in Class 3A,” said Webber, “and I am very proud of what we accomplished.”