WESTBROOK BAND STATE CHAMPIONS!
League City -- The Westbrook Intermediate School Band in Friendswood represented Clear Creek ISD in the 2011 Texas State Honor Band competition and walked away with the top prize.
The contest is sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association. Westbrook was in competition with more than 500 other middle school bands which make up Texas’ large middle school classification. Winning at the district and then area levels, Westbrook was one of 14 state finalists. At the end of the contest a panel of five judges selected Westbrook as the best band in Texas, making it the 2012 “Honor Band.”
Participation at this level is often described as intense. Most of the bands, Westbrook included, performed music of high school caliber. The Westbrook Band will be a featured performer at the 2012 Texas Music Educators’ Conference held in February 2012 in San Antonio. The band is under the direction of Rick Brockway, Maria Robichaud, and Keith Raney. Head Band Director Rick Brockway said, “It was an honor just to have made it to the state level. Winning is a thrill beyond imagination. There were so many wonderful performances. We work hard to instill a desire for excellence with our band. Brockway believes, “Band is a great vehicle for teaching this important life lesson. Band represents the ultimate in ensemble artistic expression, a team of over sixty members all working in concert. I like to tell the children that it is good to be good. I guess now I can say that working so hard to be good made us the best. It is tremendous to have validation for the countless hours of hard work put in by the students and staff.”
League City Intermediate Band and Bayside Intermediate School Symphonic I Band also competed at the state contest.