The Guyer Band Pushing To The Next Level

The Guyer Band Pushing To The Next Level

by Lindsay Mears

Most kids in high school want to be a part of something that can help them advance, meet new people, and come out of their shells. If you’re currently a student at Guyer High School or will be one day, and you have a love for music, the band is perfect for just that.

With the fall season in full swing, the band has been working hard to put together its marching show. This is one show you won’t want to miss!

“The show will be performed at all varsity football games at halftime, as well as four or five Marching Contests in the area. This includes UIL Marching,” says Amy Woody, the band director. “Because we are such a big group, we have the opportunity every other year to advance to the UIL State Marching Contest in November.”

The Guyer High School Band is a Class 6A program with around 160 members. When the students aren’t marching in a show, they are placed in different classes based on skill and age. There’s a wide variety of classes including marching band, concert bands, colorguard, winterguard, drumline, chamber ensembles, solo performances, pep bands, and full orchestra. The students are divided into ability-based ensembles for class – these include two percussion classes, a colorguard class, four bands, a jazz band, and AP music theory, which meet throughout the day. That’s a lot of talent in one school!

This talent has pushed the program to the next level. In September, their wind ensemble (which is the Varsity Concert Ensemble) was named a National Winner in the 2018 Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence. On top of that, they were invited to attend and perform at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington on November 17th. “We are very excited for this opportunity!” says Amy.

“Our marching competition season kicked off at the end of September and goes all the way through the end of November,” says Amy. “In the midst of our marching band season, our Varsity concert group is working hard to put together a challenging concert program that will be 45 minutes long to perform in Seattle. We will have a send-off concert on Monday, November 12th at Guyer High School.”

Believe it or not, the Guyer High School Band is more than a group of kids that play instruments and perform in shows. Not only are the students preparing for a possible future in music, but they are learning many non-musical skills, as well. These skills include time management, conflict resolution, goal setting, public speaking, self-discipline, self-awareness, performance art, as well as many more to help them on their desired path.

According to Amy, most of the students start their band career in middle school. Amy states that it is very rare to have a student pick up an instrument in high school because of the level of difficulty it can have later in life, but it is not impossible! If you’d like to be a part of the band, or watch one (or two or three) of their shows, and would like to know more about them, please visit their website at www.guyerband.org.


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