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Band continues to march in step

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The Ellis County Press

When people think of sports, they immediately go to sports like basketball, football and baseball. Events which have loads of physical activity and competition with high levels of testosterone flying all over the place.

However, there are 165 people in Waxahachie High School that find their own particular form of competition just as challenging.

These kids are members of the Spirit of Waxahachie Band and compete in marching completions throughout the late summer and fall.

The band has been very successful in the past in marching, placing very well in competitions throughout the area wining contests in Midlothian and placing third the past two years in DeSoto.

They also won their district competition and placed third in their area competition pushing them on their way to state for the first time.

The band then competed in San Antonio with 20 of the other top bands in the state and came away with an eighth place finish, which was a great finish to a great year.

But now the band is looking forward, according to band director Rich Armstrong, to just "focus on success and consistently give your best effort" because if that happens this band will continue to do well.

However, their success does not come easy. They work hard, putting in seven hours of the week outside of school to better themselves and improve the band as a whole.

Plus, the band starts school earlier than anyone else, starting school two weeks early and have been putting in 10 hour days to get back into step.

In these demanding practices they include many exercises from running to yoga to be in the best shape possible for the demanding marching portion of the shows.

On average the band members will march four miles a practice in the Texas heat, so it is demanding mentally and physically, taking a large level of commitment.

However, it is like senior drum major Ryan Popp says "it is a lot of work and a lot of effort but it’s defiantly worth it" for the members of the band.

So if you have a chance, check out the band at the half time of any Indian football game and remember to support them at their contests; because what these students do is just as impressive as any 30 yard touchdown or a stand up triple and if you disagree go march a mile while playing the trumpet and you might change your mind.

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