The Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band earned the recognition of grand champion after its performance in the Midlothian Marching Showcase on Saturday.

A total of 19 bands took the field at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium for the first marching band competition of the year. All of the groups performed in the preliminary round — where Waxahachie placed second — and the top 10 bands then competed in the finals.

The Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band, which consists of 220 students, was also recognized for outstanding performances in music, marching and general effect.

Waxahachie High School band director Richard Armstrong relayed the students performed “okay” in the preliminary round but laid it down in the finals.

“The students at WHS stepped up their game in the finals this past weekend, and due to their grit we were able to come out victorious,” Armstrong said. “The marching band staff is extremely pleased with their ability to perform and are extremely proud.”

He added, “They were aggressive and determined to perform and communicate the message of the show."

The Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band performed the show titled, “The Conquest,” which has been displayed during halftime performances at varsity football games.

The six-minute show featured "The Fanfare" by Bill Conti, "Trittico" by Vaclav Nelhybel, "Alone in the Ring" and "Philadelphia Morning" by Bill Conti, "Heroes" and "Lost and Fallen" by David Gillingham.

Since Aug. 1, the Waxahachie students have put in countless hours learning the visual and musical requirements for the show.

Armstrong noted Waxahachie’s primary competition was Highland Park, Mansfield, Mansfield Summit and Frisco Centennial High Schools.

Other schools that competed were Midlothian Heritage, Sunnyvale, Ferris, DeSoto, Mansfield Legacy, Robert E. Lee, Ennis, Mineola, North Forney, Sachse, South Grand Prairie, John Tyler, Lake Highlands and Lakeview High Schools.

The next competition for the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band is the annual Bands of America. The contest will take place in Bedford on Oct. 6 at Pennington Field, located at 1501 Central Drive. The Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band is scheduled to perform at 10:45 a.m.