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As many of you know, I’m a proud daddy of two great kids: Jaden and Caitlin.   This post is about Caitlin and your chance to watch her tomorrow afternoon LIVE from the ALAMODOME.

That’s right, the Alamodome.

As many of you also know, Caitlin is currently a drum major in Vandegrift High School Marching Band.  This very young school music program, only in it’s 3rd year in existence, has recently advanced to the Texas UIL State finals for Class 4A Marching Band.  This means they are in the top 24 out of 250 bands in the State (after District and Area qualification rounds).

[insert fist pump here]

That’s a pretty big deal.  Texas is already blessed with a great reputation for music education.  On top of that, the Viper band is actually fairly small for a 4A band.  Due to the way the school was formed (first year was 9th and 10th graders only, then second year added 11th, then this year added 12th), the senior class is quite small.  There are only 17 seniors in the band.  That’s rather small for Class 4A (total school size between 990-2064). 

Why do I mention it?  Well, thanks to Yamaha and Mr Video Productions, you can WATCH TEXAS UIL STATE CONTEST ONLINE FOR FREE!


It’s actually going on right now — Monday the 7th and Tuesday the 8th.  There’s an entire schedule of events available at uiltexas.org.

Vandegrift plays at 1:15pm CENTRAL (2:15 eastern, 11:15am Pacific) on Tuesday 11/8/2011, so if you’d like to see my daughter and her band nice and clear on your PC, you can click the above link and watch.   I’ve watched a few bands and they have some neat close-ups and coverage of the event.

Hint: Caitlin is the Drum Major on the left, the flute soloist and the piccolo player in the center troupe.

Disclaimer: there may or may not be Tribbles at the State contest.

If you happen to miss that specific time or are not available, you can go online and watch archived performances at vhsband.com.

Congratulations to the Viper Band!


And lo, the people did comment thus:


  1. Sybil Law says:

    Awesome!! What an accomplishment! Congrats, Viper Band!

  2. martymankins says:

    What an awesome accomplishment. This is so cool. Proud papa.

  3. Megan says:

    Go Vipers! Congrats to the lovely (and apparently quite talented) Caitlyn.

  4. whall says:

    Thank you all – they ended up making it to Finals (top 10) and gave an outstanding performance, finishing 9th overall out of 250 4A bands.

    You can see lots of pictures, updates, adoring parents and rah-rah-rah on our Facebook page http://facebook.com/vhsband and join the fun / be a friend of the band.

    I heard the live stream was AMAZING with high quality video and audio, not to mention the various angles and closeups. I can’t wait for the DVD.

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