Tuesday Night Concert Hosted by your Crossroads Community Band

CCB Oct 6 2015 Performance Version 2 - kp

Patriotic tunes and familiar themes will be featured in the Crossroads Community Band’s first concert of the season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of Victoria College’s Technology Center, 2200 E. Red River St.

The concert is free and open to the public. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets.

“Come join us as we kick off a very exciting concert season,” said Carlos Gonzalez, Crossroads Community Band president. “We have exciting performances for this fall and hope the community will continue to support us by attending our concerts.”

Music to be performed includes:

  •  “La Madre de los Gatos,” by Brian Beck
  •  “Among the Clouds,” by Brian Balmages
  •  “La Virgen de la Macarena,” arranged by the Canadian Brass, adapted by Calvin Custer
  •  “It’s Broadway!” arranged by John Edmondson
  •  “An American Spectacular,” arranged by Chris Sharp
  •  “Abide with Me,” by William H. Monk, arranged by Jay Dawson
  •  “Star Wars Medley,” by John Williams

The 45-member Crossroads Community Band, conducted by Ken Peach, rehearses Tuesday nights in the Fine Arts Building band hall on VC’s Main Campus. The band is affiliated with Victoria College, and students may enroll in the band for VC music ensemble credit.

Founded in 2009, the Crossroads Community Band consists of instrumentalists from all walks of life, including retirees, teachers, doctors, librarians, engineers, school band directors, computer specialists, business people, students and musicians. Instruments played include tubas, trombones, trumpets, oboes, bassoons, clarinets, euphoniums, French horns, flutes, saxophones and percussion.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. For more information, visit CCBVictoria.org.

Below are a few recordings of past concerts –

Friday Night East Band & Drill Team (track recording) and West Band Saturday Contest Performances

The West Band of Warriors went to their first marching contest of the season, competing against some of the best bands in the state, and did quite well.  While the B.O.W. did not advance to the Finals portion of the contest, they did beat several groups (many of whom are State Marching Contest participants) and received very high praise from several of the adjudicators.  One of the judges ranked the Band of Warriors as high as 5th place in one category.  Although we did not bring home a trophy, we did bring home a desire to become better, the experience of competing at a very high level and knowing that our Band Family can do amazing things…did I mention that We ranked 12th out of 20 bands and beat several larger bands and missed making finals by 1.1 point!!!

On another note (pun totally intended), aside from having so many people coming up to us to let us know that they thought we did such an amazing job, one parent from the host school made me exceptionally proud.  She made it a point to find me and let me know that when our school came to the concession stands, everyone of our students told her “Thank you.”  She told me, “It’s very reassuring to know that there are still young people out there that still use manners” and thanked us for bringing our students to their contest.  We are very proud of our students and are very excited of their potential. 

The next competition is this Saturday at the Edna Marching Invitational.  We experienced great success at this contest last year and would like to invite anyone who is free at 5:30 on Saturday to come out and show your support for these awesome students.

Showing my Warrior Spirit,
Joshua Partida –Victoria West High School –Director of Bands

District Choir Auditions – Another very successful contest for VISD students!

East Choir Region

Pictured are East Region students

On Saturday September 26th, 38 Titan Choir students and 37 Warrior Choir students traveled to Tuloso Midway to compete in District Choir Auditions.  VISD again has excellent results from our choir students.

  • 27 Titan Choir students will advance to Region auditions in November.
  • 10 Warrior Choir students will advance to Region auditions in November.
  • They will continue the process towards All State Choir with  the coming Region Auditions on November 7th.
  • 11 Titan Choir students placed in the top 10 chairs in their section!

Congratulations Titan Choir – Persephanie Cano, Emilie Saenz, SkylerRayos, Brandon Tristan, Kaleb Mayfield, Cody Macha, Bishop Thompson, Josh Stehling, Zachary Hamilton, Jayden Serrano, Sarah Gross, Therese Eamiguel, Andrea Jackson, Helena Varando, LorrinDickey, Haley Roberts, Robert Dorsa, Josh Garcia, Calder Meis, Brian Law, and alternates, Kauai Franco, Kelci Beckner, Keodric Paige, Mathew Ables, AlissaGutierrez, Olivia Carroll, and Natasha Rueff.

Congratulations Warrior Choir –  Shelby Hardt, Emily Hausmann, Rebecca Nava, Mia Solis, Austin Taylor. Audrey Boswell, Katie Henderson, Phoebe Baughman, Emily Hanes, Samantha Williams

Congratulations – TMEA Region Jazz Band students from East & West High Schools!

IMG_7352Each year students from all over the state compete to gain a chair in the TMEA All-State Jazz Band. This year, three of our Titian band and four of our Warrior band members represented our school district in high regards as they competed against students from Victoria, Port Lavaca, Corpus Christi, Portland, and Laredo to secure a spot in the All-Region Jazz Band, the first step on the path to All-State.

The TMEA All-Region Jazz Auditions were held at King HS.  As a special Note – We are happy to report that for the first time in West’s school’s history, WEST HS has some representation in the Region 14 Jazz Band. They were able to walk away with 4 of our students claiming spots in this coveted “All-Star Band!”

Congratulations to:

  • Michael Velasquez, on 1st chair Bass – VEHS and Recorded for the All-State Contest
  • Hannah Balentine on 1st chair Tenor Sax – VEHS
  • Cody Macha on 2nd chair Bass Trombone – VEHS
  • Bryan Sturm made 7th chair overall on Trombone – VWHS
  • Christopher Murphy placed 3rd overall on Trombone – VWHS
  • Primitivo Tristan placed 3rd overall on Trumpet  –  VWHS and Recorded for the All-State Contest and
  • Morgan Familo placed 1st overall on Bass

Special congratulations to Michael Velasquea from East and Primitivo Tristan from West, whom had the opportunity to move forward and perform a taped audition for the All-State Jazz Band.

The All-Region Jazz concert is open to the public and will be held at Flour Bluff Auditorium in Corpus Christi on Saturday January 30th at 4:00pm.

With so many auditioning students and so few spots available, we can not be more proud of these hard working young adults. Again Congratulations to all our great band students from the Victoria East & West Band Programs and their teachers for showing them the way! We are very proud.