The Rouse High School Band was named Regional Champion at the Bands of America (BOA) Austin Regional Championship Sept. 23, winning their first BOA Regional Championship in the school’s history.
Rouse’s win in the finals was followed by Vandegrift High School in 2nd place, Vista Ridge High School in 3rd and Cedar Park High School in 4th. Leander High School also advanced to the finals round, landing in 7th place out of the top 12 schools in the competition. Vista Ridge HS was recognized for Outstanding Musical Performance, Vandegrift HS and Rouse HS for Outstanding Visual Performance, and Rouse HS for Outstanding General Effect.
All six Leander ISD schools participated in the prelims competition, including Glenn High School for the first time since 2016. LISD placements in the prelims for BOA Class 3A included Rouse HS winning 1st Place and also receiving Caption Awards for Outstanding Visual, Music and General Effect, Cedar Park HS in 2nd Place and Leander HS in 3rd Place. Placements in the prelims for BOA Class 4A included Vandegrift HS winning 1st Place and also receiving Caption Awards for Outstanding Visual, Music and General Effect, and Vista Ridge HS in 2nd Place.
Rouse Director of Bands Ryan Johnstone said that the magnitude of this win and the pride the director team has for their students and the Rouse Band community cannot be overstated.
“Performances worthy of such distinction are the result of the limitless and cumulative efforts of not only the students who shined so brightly on Saturday, but also the many trailblazing alumni who have come before,” Johnstone said. “We could not be more grateful for all students, parents, volunteers, and staff members – past and present – who have positively impacted the Rouse Band program.”