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Johnson Band perfects show at boa regionals

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The Johnson Band stands at attention as they await to hear what awards they have earned.

The Johnson High School Band has had a successful and exciting start to its 2013 Marching Season. The band has been hard at work since August 1 working on their field show titled "Enigmatic." The band brings to life the music of Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, Eric Whitacre's Equus, Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes, Carol Brittin Chambers' Sight Unseen, and M83's Midnight City in a colorful production that showcases everything from acrobats to pink trombones! It's a show you won't want to miss.

On September 28, the band traveled to the first ever Bands of America (BOA) Austin Regional, and competed against 30 of the top marching bands from the Central Texas Region. The band placed 2nd overall in finals, with James Bowie High School from Austin winning the contest, and Round Rock High School placing 3rd. A finish at second is the highest Johnson has ever placed at a regional contest. In addition, for the first time since the school opened, the band won the award for Outstanding Music for the Day. At a Bands of America Regional, three "caption awards" are given during finals (Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect). Johnson won one of the three, with the other two going to Bowie.

On October 4, the band returned to the Bands of America Regional in Houston Texas, battling the heat and humidity to perform in prelims that afternoon. The band was named a finalist, and placed second in the Preliminary Contest winning awards in Class 4A for Outstanding Music and Outstanding visual performance. In finals, the band placed 2nd overall with a score of 84.65, another record for the program at the Houston Regional. The defending regional champion, The Woodlands High School from the Houston area, maintained their hold on the Championship with a score of 84.95, and Cedar Ridge High School from the Austin area came in 3rd with a score of 82.80.

Johnson was excited to perform along side of Churchill and Reagan high schools in the finals, as NEISD was the only school district at the contest to have three of their high school bands selected to finals. There were almost thirty groups from around the state of Texas at the Houston Regional, and only ten were selected to finals. NEISD had three of the ten.

The Johnson Band will compete again at the UIL Region 12 Marching Contest at Judson High School on October 19, and again at the Yamaha Cup Regional Contest sponsored by The Cadets Drum corps and the Yamaha Company on October 26, also at Judson. The band will finish its year at the annual Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional held November 1-2 at the Alamodome with over 60 of the top high school marching bands from across the state competing in the first round.

Posted on October 14, 2013