Band Goes To State

Photos courtesy of Emerson Newton

Photos courtesy of Emerson Newton

Not long ago, the CHHS band made an achievement that they could be really proud of. Recently, the marching band competed in the state competition where they ended up placing 11th over all.

On October 30th, our band team competed in Waco for Bands of America. From there, they went to San Antonio for state. They competed in state prelims on November 1st, and after making it through the preliminary round competed in the state finals on November 2nd where they placed 11th overall.

Owen Montiel, a Sophomore at CHHS, has been in the band program since 6th grade. Owen is one of the trombone players that the band has. He says that his favorite part of the band program is “Not only the performances and where we all go, but it’s the environment I’m in, the family that I have, it’s really about the relationships you built.”

When asked how he reacted to the news that the band had made state, he said that they were in the stands all together. “We were really happy, I personally was crying tears of happiness, to be able to go to state again and make history.”

Performing at state, in his words, was “Really exciting, though people were nervous. It was fun, there was a lot in line, but the history was made.” Band itself is “A lot of fun, the relationships you make are going to last forever, and it’s just a really fun experience overall.”

Emerson Newton, a Sophomore at CHHS, has been in band for 5 years and plays the clarinet. She says her favorite part about band is “The friends I make, as some of my closest friends are in band, and that her section and her are all really close.” 

Her reaction to finding out that they were all going to the state finals, like many, was extreme excitement. “I was really happy, and I think I may have cried a little bit, I don’t know.” Performing at state in her words was “A lot of fun. I had a lot of nerves, and our prelims were so good. Our finals, though not as good, still felt so amazing as it was a great experience overall.”