The Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band, having long been a force in the state of Texas, has entered the top 30 bands in the nation in’s weekly online listing.

“We couldn’t be more proud of this recognition for our talented, dedicated band students and staff members,” Waxahachie Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain. “Mr. Armstrong and his fellow band directors have an outstanding program, and they are very deserving of the national spotlight. Their success wouldn’t be possible without the strong group of parents and other volunteers who work with them week in and week out, and we are extremely appreciative of their investments into our band program and our students.”

The Spirit of Waxahachie Indian band has consistently placed in finals at local, regional and state competitions – most recently taking third place at the HEB Marching Contest at Pennington Stadium in Euless, behind Marcus High and Keller High.

As perennial finalists, the band continues to grow in mastery of both marching and musicianship, further highlighting the commitment and talent of their students – along with the work ethic and passion of the band staff, according to the district.

“I have immense joy as a WISD administrator knowing the incredible opportunity Rich Armstrong and his hard working staff provide to our students through the Spirit of Waxahachie, and a deep personal joy as the father of two daughters who have been able to reap what will become lifelong benefits through their participation in this fantastic program,” said Lee Auvenshine, Waxahachie ISD deputy superintendent and band parent. “The entry of the Spirit of Waxahachie into HornRank’s most recent national ranking of the best bands from across the country not only validates the exemplary nature of this program, it introduces Waxahachie to the nation as a preeminent musical destination and a place where excellence happens.”

This national ranking confirms that the Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Band has the dedication, discipline, and talent to be a national name, the district boasted.

“The HornRank national recognition confirms that our mission of inspiring and developing excellence for life is being achieved,” Spirit of Waxahachie Indian Marching Band Director Rich Armstrong said.

“Mr. Armstrong simply works the process and expects excellence from his musicians,” Waxahachie ISD Director of Fine Arts Philip Morgan added. “He has such a valuable expertise in the world of marching band and program development. He knows the demands of the competition world and understands how to convey those demands and high expectations to his musicians – and because of that, Waxahachie is now in the National conversation and pushing towards a potential trip to Bands of America Grand Nationals in the near future.”