The beat goes on: Indoor percussion drums up support through artistry, skill

Keeping in-step with complicated choreography, telling the story of the performance through facial expressions, and keeping the beat with big drums, simultaneously can be a challenge. Members of Viking Indoor Percussion manage the challenges that come with the production with vigor and determination evidenced by their first place finish at the Texas Color Guard Circuit earlier this year.

Indoor percussion gains momentum going into state championship

Viking Indoor Percussion placed 2nd in their last competition of the regular season at Tomball Memorial High School. Despite competing in the largest field of Scholactic A units thus far this season, VIP experienced a more than six point jump in their score to earn a 84.25. This was enough to push them into 2nd […]

Into the theatre: Fine arts department unites to create musical production

The curtain rises as all the hours of work, tears, and nerves culminate in this single moment. The Narrator begins the story: “Once upon a time in a far off kingdom”, and the stage comes to life transporting the audience into the fairy tale world. Fine arts students involved with choir, band, and theatre labored for months creating their own version of the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods.

Indoor percussion group places 1st at competition

The Viking Indoor Percussion placed 1st this weekend at the Texas Color Guard Circuit Cypress Falls Competition. VIP ended up at the top of the Scholastic A Class with a score of 74.6. Their next performance will be at the TCGC Championship at Reed Arena on Saturday, April 8th.

Viking Indoor Percussion places 3rd at competition

The Viking Indoor Percussion (VIP) group placed 3rd at their first competition of the year held at Pasadena Memorial High School on Saturday.

Genetics of band: Marching to the echo of legacy, excellence

“Now introducing the Pride of Bryan, the Bryan Viking Band!” The announcer’s voice booms as the band takes the field and performs their showcase for 7 minutes. Those 7 minutes on Friday nights represent hours of practice. Early mornings and late nights come together into one audience pleasing performance – “Phobia”. The show would not be complete without one of the drum majors, Christine McCall. Christine is in an interesting position to help further the success of the band due to her brother, Cooper McCall also being a drum major last year.

Viking Indoor Percussion moves to 1st in class standings

Viking Indoor Percussion competed in their final regular season competition this weekend at James Taylor High School in Katy where they placed 2nd out of 7 groups. Their score of 84.85 pushed them to first in their class in the overall Texas Color Guard Circuit standings. Because of this, VIP will receive a prime performance […]

Band earns superior ratings at UIL competition

The band competed at UIL Concert and Sight Reading last week. Symphonic Band 2, conducted by Rob Towell, competed as our “Sub Non-Varsity” entry. They received a “Division 1 (Superior Rating)” for their stage performance and a “Division 2 (Excellent Rating)” for their sight reading performance. The judges’ individual ratings were: Stage: 1, 1, 2 […]

Color guard earns state championship

On Saturday, the Varsity color guard competed in the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships at Reed Arena. For the second year in the row the team earned the gold medal and are the Champions of the Scholastic National A division. The team will head to Dayton, OH this week for the Winter Guard International […]

Color guard places first at competition

The JV color guard concluded their season as bronze medalists at the TCGC West Regional Championships in their Scholastic Regional A Division. Their show is entitled “Par for the Course”, click here to view the performance. The Varsity placed 1st in their class and now have the highest score in the Scholastic National A division […]

Viking Indoor Percussion takes 5th place at competition

Viking Indoor Percussion finished 5th in its class, Scholastic A, at the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships Saturday at Reed Arena. This marks the groups highest finish in this activity since its inception.

Viking Indoor Percussion earns 4th place finish at regional event

Viking Indoor Percussion had a program-best performance at the Winter Guard International Houston Percussion Regional held at Dekaney High School in Spring on Saturday. VIP earned a spot in the finals competition Saturday night and finished in 4th place and earned their highest recorded score, 79.1

Band advances 14 to state solo contest

More than ninety Viking Band students participated in the UIL North Zone Solo & Ensemble Contest hosted at University High School\ Fourteen students earned the right to compete at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin in May of this year. They are: Valeria Arriaga (12) Kendall Callen (11) Thomas Gusewelle (12) Addie […]

Indoor percussion group earns 4th at contest

Indoor Percussion placed 4th this weekend at he TCGC Cypress Lakes Percussion Competition. The group bettered it’s season opening score by more than five points and placed 2nd overall in its class for music against a much larger and more seasoned field of competitors. VIP is picking up momentum as it heads toward Winter Guard […]

Indoor percussion earns 2nd place at competition

Viking Indoor Percussion (VIP) kicked of it’s 2015 season with a 2nd place finish in TCGC percussion competition this past Saturday at Leander High School. VIP self-promoted this year to a higher, more competitive class after an incredibly successful season in 2014. At the end of the day the difference in scores was less than […]

Student selected as Texas All-State Musician

Senior Thomas Gusewelle, a member of the Bryan Viking Band will perform with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. He was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year […]

Viking band earns Superior rating at UIL contest

The Viking Band was rated Division I (Superior) by all three judges at their contest on Saturday, Oct. 18. The criteria for a Division I rating include: A superior performance for the event and the class of participants being judged; worthy of the distinction of being recognized as a first place winner. Watch

Band earns honors at USBands competition

The Viking Band placed 4th at USBands College Station Showcase also winning the “Best Percussion” caption, “Best Color Guard” caption, and “Best Visual” caption.

Color guard, percussion compete in indoor competition season

Aside from performing on the football field, the percussion and the color guard compete in two indoor competitions hosted by the Texas Color Guard Circuit: the Winter Guard International (WGI) and the Texas Color Guard Championships (TCGC) during the spring semester.

BV Symphony Orchestra Competition Winnder

Junior Thomas Gusewelle won the BVSO Youth Concerto Competition. Thomas has been selected for the All Region Band three times and the All Area Band twice. He has been a member of the Wind Symphony for the past three years and is assistant drum major of the Viking Band. Thomas played “Morceau Symphonic” by Alexandre […]

Viking band students earn top honors

Viking band students participated in the region 8 band contest in December. The following students earned top honors Wind Ensemble- Rachel Whitmer, Flute (4th chair overall) Addie Henry, Clarinet (4th chair overall) Kimberly Bosquez, Alto Clarinet (1st chair overall) James Mosqueda, Trumpet (2nd chair overall) Samuel Chagoya, Trombone (4th chair overall) Thomas Gusewelle, Euphonium (1st […]

Viking band Christmas concert set for Thursday

The Viking Band Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday at 7:00 PM at Rudder High School Auditorium. Program: Symphonic Band 2, Directed by Marie DeBellis Holiday Bobsled Run by Robert Sheldon Canon of Peace by Paul Jennings Good King Nutcracker by Michael Story Symphonic Band 1, Directed by Zane Taylor Angels Sing by Bill […]

Viking band to host BBQ dinner before Belton game

BBQ dinner tickets can be purchased for the Sept. 13 home game against Belton. Dinner includes brisket, sausage, potato salad, pinto beans, bread, tea, and dessert for $8. Dine-in or drive-up.

Band spring concert to take place Thursday

The Bryan Viking Band Spring concert will take place on Thurs., May 23 at 7:00 PM in the Margaret Rudder Auditorium at Rudder High School. Preconcert chamber music, in the lobby at 6:20 PM, will be provided by our UIL State Solo and Ensemble qualifiers. Symphonic Band program includes: The Great Waldo Pepper March by […]

Band earns 1st division ratings at UIL

The Viking Band competed at UIL this week where the Wind Symphony earned a 1, 1, 1 rating on stage and a 2, 2, 1 rating in sight reading and the Symphonic Band earned a 1, 1, 1, rating on stage and a 2, 2, 2 rating in sight reading.

Indoor Percussion group places third at competition

Viking Indoor Percussion (VIP) completed its season by placing third in Scholastic AA Class as part of Texas Color Guard Circuit Indoor Drum Line competition. This is the first year for this competing unit. It is comprised of both percussion and non-percussion students and even includes four 8th grade students from both Jane Long and […]

Band students earn first division ratings

The following students earned a 1st division rating from their performance at UIL Region Solo & Ensemble. *Qualified for State Flute solo Zachary Spicker Rachel Whitmer Oboe solo Cassie Fellers Patric Morgan Bassoon solo Kendall Callen Clarinet solo Addie Henry Gayle Konderla Steven Moehring Brighid Nugent Morgan Torres Alto Clarinet solo Kimberly Bosquez Bass Clarinet […]

Band students earn spot in All-Region Band

The following students auditioned and earned a spot in the All- Region Band. The students with an (*) by their name qualified and will compete at the Area auditions in early January for a spot in the All- State Band: Concert Band Devon Merritt, 3rd chair Clarinet Valeria Arriaga, 7th chair Clarinet Gayle Konderla, 9th […]

Band to host annual spaghetti dinner

The BHS band is selling tickets for their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 5th from 4:30 to 7pm. The meal will be catered by Fazolli’s and include spaghetti and meat sauce, breadsticks, salad, dessert and tea/water (donated by Chicken Express). Tickets are $7 (presale) and $8 at the door. You can get your tickets from […]

Viking band alumni invited to participate in Homecoming festivities

Bryan High School Viking Band alumni are invited to participate in the Oct. 5 Homecoming festivities by performing with the Viking Band in the stands and on the field for the Shy-Anne halftime performance. Registration will be $10 and will include an official Viking Band T-shirt and a ticket to the Spaghetti Dinner Game Day […]

Parents, volunteers boost support for organizations

A booster club is a group of parents that works toward helping an organization fill gaps in their program. They provide support and help with fundraising so that an organization can get things that the district couldn’t otherwise afford.

Finding ‘direction:’ student pursues dreams, named to elite corps

All eyes are focused on one person standing tall and proud on the podium. Everyone is still and silent, waiting for the show to begin.

Senior honored with rare privilege

Senior drum major Denzel Brown, was named Drum Major of The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Band competes in All-Region Contest

TMEA Region 8 All Region Band auditions were held on Saturday, December 3 at Midway HS. They will perform in concert on January 14, 2012 at Copperas Cove HS. These students earned chairs in the band. They are listed by instrument and their ranking within the region. Those with “5A Area” after their names also advance to the Area Band audition on January 7, 2012 where they will compete for All State honors.

Texas weather doesn’t wilt band, football players

Sweating every ounce of water out of your body standing in the hot sun, wondering when this heat will come to an end is a common sensation for students. Since the beginning of this year Bryan has experienced over 50 days above 100 degrees. Most of us are avoiding the heat by staying indoors, but for football players and band members, staying indoors is hard to do.

Band to hold Spaghetti Dinner before Homecoming Game

Before this year’s homecoming football game on September 23, the Viking Band will be hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M in the Silver Cafeteria.

Students to ‘spoon’ on campus for PTSO, Band

Spoons, a popular frozen yogurt eatery, will be in the Silver Cafeteria on August 9-10 during schedule pickup, from 12:30-2:30, and August 29 from 5:30-7:30 during Open House for students, parents and staff to help support the PTSO and Viking Band.

Proceeds from the sales of frozen yogurt and toppings during schedule pickup will benefit the Band, while the proceeds from Open House will benefit the PTSO. The yogurt will be sold for $3.00 each.