Marching Bands

The Houston Band proudly presents its 2013 marching program “Porgy and Bess” with music from George Gershwin. It will be more or less about the black experience in American set in the 1930s with three or four of the main themes from the opera.  Their innovative program will showcase the band’s musical talent and precision marching.

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The award winning Houston Band has earned the coveted Chancellor’s Cup at the Vanderbilt Marching Invitational for five of the last six years.  Their programs of See Rock City, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, Crusin’, Reflections of Earth, and An American in Paris were all technically and artistically received.

The band participates in many notable competitions in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.   Houston marched in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade in San Antonio, Texas (the nation’s largest illuminated night parade) in April 2006 and was declared the Out-of-State Champion.  In November of the same year they marched, by invitation, in the nationally televised Hollywood Christmas Parade in California.  The band also traveled to Disney World Florida in 2008 to be featured in the renowed Main Street Parade.  In the spring of 2011 the band marched in the Universal Orlando Studio parade.

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The 2009 program, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, brought together the hilarious and silliness of the Python group with serious music renditions.  The class of 2010 had the distinct honor and privilege of being four time winners of the Vanderbilt Marching Invitational Chancellor’s Cup.

Crusin’, the 2008 show was a compilation of various styles of music, much like putting the radio to ‘scan’  – from hip hop, symphonic, Top 40, rap, and classical.  This popular and successful program saw the band continue to perform at the highest levels winning.  The Class of 2009 was the winningest class in the band’s history.

Their dynamic 2007 show, Reflections of Earth, featured music from the EPCOT nighttime laser light show.  Four Grand Championships, two Reserve Grand Championships, and the Grand Champion Chancellor’s Cup at the Vanderbilt Marching Invitational for the second year were won with this show.  One of the distinctions from this program was the extreme changes in time signatures.  The members excelled in their musicality.

The Houston Band was declared the 2006 Mid-South Marching Grand Champions.  Their show, An American in Paris, won five of their six competitions, including the coveted Bandmaster’s Championship held in the Liberty Bowl Stadium.  The Mayor of the City of Germantown, Tennessee proclaimed a day as “Honorary Houston High School Band Day.”