WAXAHACHIE — The WHS Wind Ensemble has been selected as the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association 5A Honor Band State Champion. They will perform at the 2018 TMEA annual conference in San Antonio for thousands of music educators, administrators, parents, and professionals from across the state and nation.

The concept of the Honor Band originated during the late 1950s, and the purpose was twofold.

Many educators believed that through the process of hearing and observing the results of quality teaching, directors could develop their own instructional skills to a higher level. In addition, selection of an honor band in each classification recognized communities and school systems that successfully supported music in education through their instrumental music programs.

Through the years, participation has been active and the recognition of exemplary programs through the Honor Band selection process has become a most sought-after goal by many directors. As a result, the quality of honor groups has remained high, and the original purpose of growth and development through observation of superior teaching and performance has been addressed annually and maintains its validity.

The contest cycles every two years, per classification. Waxahachie High was ranked 3rd in 2010, 1st in 2012, was ineligible due to winning in 2014, and was 3rd in 2016. No other high school band program in Texas can boast a consistent record of this caliber, regardless of their classification.

The success of the Waxahachie band program is a testament to the dedication and drive of our students, past and present, as well as the consistent support of their parents, WISD Administration and music faculty, WHS administration, faculty and staff, as well as the community of Waxahachie.