THE WESTLAKE CHAPARRAL MARCHING BAND
The Chaparral Marching Band is one of the most visible organization on campus, boasting an annual membership of 250+ students! The band is comprised of all brass, woodwind, percussion, and Elite Visual Ensemble (EVE) students. Students receive both Fine Arts and P.E. credits for their participation.
Summer band camps take place for Percussion, EVE, and all freshmen during the first week of summer. All Chaparral Band members are expected to attend the pre-season camp in August. Absence from these important camps may jeopardizes placement in varsity band.
For more specific information regarding the Elite Visual Ensemble and percussion, please visit their individual pages.
Certain instruments are provided for marching band use for a rental fee. These instruments include piccolos, mellophones, sousaphones, euphoniums, bass clarinets, tenor saxophones, baritone saxophones, drum line, and front ensemble.
Every student enrolled in band, percussion, and guard (EVE) is part of the Chap Band. These students perform at all football games, pep rallies, and other selected events. For the fall marching season, the Chap Band is divided into two groups, the Varsity Band and the Junior Varsity Band:
The Varsity Band will focus on the competitive aspect of marching band. Students who are selected to this group are held to the highest standards of musicianship, attendance, attitude, athleticism, and eligibility. Varsity Band members compete at UIL, Bands of America (BOA), and other marching festivals. In addition to performances, varsity band members are expected to rehearse 7 to 8 hours per week outside of the school day between August and November.
JUNIOR VARSITY BAND
Junior Varsity (JV) Band members are full members of the Chap Band and participate during football games, pep rallies, and other selected events. Though some students may elect to be in this group, the majority of the students in the Junior Varsity band are still developing musically and/or physically. Because they are not involved in marching band competition, their time commitment during the competitive marching season (August to November) is significantly less than the Varsity Band. JV Band members are expected to rehearse 2-3 hours outside of the school day in addition to their required performances.