Congratulations to the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Marching Band on an exceptional season, which culminated with a performance in the Texas UIL State Marching Contest Finals Tuesday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

This dedicated group of student musicians, under the direction of WISD Director of Bands Rich Armstrong, has once again show the pride — and certainly the spirit — of our community.

From the first day of summer band camp, we have watched their commitment and determination to reach a goal of excellence.

All of us who have taken the opportunity to watch them perform know they are outstanding musicians. After watching the complex, difficult choreography of the marching show — while playing an instrument — we also know they are in top physical shape. What many may not know is they are also among the top students academically in each of their respective grades. Many hold leadership positions in school organizations such as student council and National Honor Society, while also being active in their church and other organizations like Scouting and FFA. A high percentage of band students also hold part-time jobs to help pay their expenses. Keep in mind, this is in addition to maintaining their academic course work and the rigors of being part of a nationally acclaimed music program that requires daily practice and rehearsals.

To applaud just their efforts during this year’s marching season would be a gross injustice, for they not only excel on the field, but off the field as well.

From Mesquite to San Antonio, they have represented our community with pride, with honor and with distinction. They personify the best of what our community stands for and they have consistently shared the Spirit of Waxahachie with the entire state of Texas during each step of their journey.

 Thank you Rick Armstrong, the staff, the WISD Band Boosters and the entire Spirit of Waxahachie Indian March Band for representing our community.

We salute you on a fantastic season.