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  1. Schedule for the Region 26 contest on Tuesday at the KRAC: 6A: 5:30 Cedar Ridge 5:45 Hutto 6:00 Stony Point 6:15 McNeil 6:30 Westwood 6:45 Round Rock 7:00 BREAK 5A: 7:30 Elgin 7:45 Pflugerville 8:00 Georgetown 8:15 Manor 8:30 East View 8:45 Hendrickson 9:00 Connally 9:15 Weiss
  2. Another great competition in the books! Here are a few of my takeaways and thoughts after watching finals: 1. Vandy is coming for state. Clean in every aspect. Amazing product and love the ballad. Well deserved win tonight. 2. Reagan surprised me a little bit. Was blown away with their sounds and visual consistency but I wasn't hit with the same effect as I was in 2019. This very well might be because of the high expectations I had for them, as Secret World was on another level of amazing but they still had a very impressive show. Also shoutout to their parents who took over the KRAC during their performance. 3. CTJ was my personal favorite and was a clear crowd favorite; had whole stadium on their feet. Their brass is incredible and they have a incredibly visually challenging show that will only get cleaner. 4. Cedar Park is back. 5. Did someone say size down? I don't think Leander cares. They sounded amazing and were so powerful and balanced even with the smaller numbers. Happy for my friends over there. 6. Hendrickson has my vote for most improved band of this contest. They cleaned up a lot of things musically and it had a big impact on the field. Loved the props and the way they were utilized throughout the show. Excited to see how they do at state after their reclassification. These are just my opinions, I am just a kid who goes and enjoys these competitions like everyone else. Go band!
  3. Figured I should start this topic as we inch closer and closer to this competition on October 30th. In the past, this definitely has been one of the most competitive areas in the whole state, and will likely be even more competitive this year due to the possibility of only 5 bands advancing to state instead of the usual 6. The 6 bands that advanced in 2018 were: Claudia Taylor Johnson Ronald Reagan Cedar Ridge Round Rock James Bowie Hendrickson First 2 out: Hays Westwood With Hendrickson moving down to 5A, this opens the door for someone else to take that spot if they advance 6 bands to state. We all know Westwood has that potential as (we) have improved so much since 2018 and Hays has gotten much better as well. However, if they only advance 5, that means more than likely, one of these extremely talented bands is not going to advance. Buckle up, this is going to be one of the most entertaining finishes at a marching competition this season. Can't wait to compete in this.
  4. Sadly, I feel like a lot of people look over this. I know for me this was the case when we went to VRMF last week. We knew it wasn't going to be nearly as competitive as the other competitions we are attending, but we still had an incredibly enjoyable experience, especially after winning it. For a lot of kids, especially underclassmen, it was their first amazing memory of marching band that they got to enjoy and will look back on, and for me that's super important to me, especially as a senior.
  5. Super excited for this contest. Last time I tried making predictions for a contest, it didn't go so well, so I'm trying something different and instead will try and predict the finals performance order just for fun. Here is my best shot at this based off of prelims performance times and my finalist predictions. Finalist 1 (7:30 PM): John Alexander Finalist 2 (7:45 PM): Hendrickson Finalist 3 (8:00 PM): Weiss Finalist 4 (8:15 PM): Brandeis Finalist 5 (8:30 PM): Hays Finalist 6 (8:45 PM): Bowie Finalist 7 (9:15 PM): Reagan Finalist 8 (9:30 PM): Leander Finalist 9 (9:45 PM): CTJ Finalist 10 (10:00 PM): Cedar Park Finalist 11 (10:15 PM): Rouse Finalist 12 (10:30 PM): Vandegrift Please don't flame me, I just thought this would be a fun and somewhat dumb category to try and predict. See ya'll Saturday.
  6. cedar ridge's hornline sounded amazing in warmup. blew me away with how much sound they were able to produce with that great of a size down. cant wait to see their full show
  7. As someone who is going to be competing in this competition (Go Wood ), I always like making predictions for these events. I don't really want to assume placements this early because a lot could change in the next few weeks, and to be quite honest, I'm more excited about getting to compete again, but my inner band nerd is channeling in. So here are my first wave of predictions based off of what I've heard from videos, friends, and other sources. 1. Claudia Taylor Johnson They are the the only potential medal contender who had a legit competition year last season. With that in mind, I have also heard they have a full show that will be on the field, which I can't wait to see. Combining those two thoughts, I think this is their competition to lose and they won't disappoint. 2. Vandegrift Coming off their grand nats win, I once again think they will be at the top of the pack again this year. From what I've heard, COVID didn't hurt their numbers, which is an advantage for anyone and they will once again come out with a very musically and visually challenging show. 3. Vista Ridge I was lucky enough to see them in person at the Leander game and boy do they have a lot of energy. The show was still relatively dirty visually but knowing Vista, that will be improved. According to a couple friends of mine, they are more ahead then they've ever been, and with the addition of their ballad to the show I think they will come out with a very strong showing and start to the big year they have ahead of them. 4. Round Rock I have heard very very good things coming from them so far. I believe they will come out with a lot of fire now that they have gotten used to staff changes and will set up a big year for them, in this case back into Austin, UIL, SA, and eventually grand nats finals. 5. Bowie I haven't heard much about them yet, but based off their 2019 scores and knowing their history and reputation, I anticipate them to come out with a very strong showing. 6. Cedar Park A historically great group, I think that they will bounce back from a relatively disappointing end to 2019 year in terms of BOA. They already look super strong visually and will only keep on getting better as the show continues to develop farther into the season. 7. Westwood/Leander I don't want to reveal too much about what we're bringing to the table, but we are way ahead of our history making 2019 year and we don't plan on letting off the gas. The show is fun and entertaining and offers new challenges that I look forward to bringing to the field. With Leander, we all know the unfortunate COVID losses that they are dealing with and it's super hard to predict how that will affect them. However, after seeing them in person, I can confidently say that that even though they're smaller, they are still putting lots of good sound on the field and I think that will still carry them into finals. 8. Leander/Westwood 9. Cedar Ridge While they sound amazing, I have also heard that they are dealing with a little bit of a size down from previous years. However, they have a lot of returners and I think that that experience will help push them into finals. Again, super hard to predict but it's hard to imagine them not in finals. 10. Westlake I heard one small recording of them and I'm super pumped to see what they bring to the field. It will be interesting to see how they will stack up with the local competition, especially post COVID shutdown. Finals bubble: Hendrickson/Lake Travis/Rouse/Weiss Anything could happen with these last two spots. I really don't know but I'm excited to see who will pull through. Super excited to perform again! Cheers!
  8. Can it just be August already, i can't wait any longer
  9. Not to mention Hendrickson moving to 5A and Hutto moving to 6A ensures that they will still take 6 bands from area to state. I feel like ctj, reagan, rr, bowie and cr are locks and hendy moving down almost ensures that Westwood won't see a lot of competition like they have in years past. Keep in mind too that when we edged out round rock in 2014, we were only one out of finals and we are SO MUCH BETTER than we were four years ago. also the addition of two more finalists might mean we'll see all six bands from area h in finals, with bowie and westwood seeing massive improvements. couldn't be more excited for next year!
  10. im gonna go ahead and throw in my predictions. i go to westwood and i can tell yall that we want that finals spot realllllly bad. we've been putting in some great work and i can't wait for friday. 1. Reagan 2. Flower Mound 3. Vandegrift 4. Hebron 5. Leander 6. Vista Ridge 7. Claudia Taylor Johnson 8. Marcus 9. L.D Bell 10. The Woodlands 11. James Bowie 12. Keller 13. Westwood 14. Cedar Park/Rouse (leaning more towards Rouse) ____________________________________________ 15. Coppell 16. Cedar Park/Rouse 17. Cedar Ridge 18. Westlake Music: Hebron Visual: Reagan GE: Reagan
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