News, Events, and Announcements
On March 19th, 76 members of the West High Band Program travelled to Orlando to compete in nationally recognized OrlandoFest. Both the Festival Band and the Competition Jazz Band received the highest rating from an international judging panel. Our judges included the retired director of the top Navy band, the head director at Central Florida University, and a director associated with the London Symphony. Having received superior ratings, both bands will be ranked Nationally at the end of the 14-week competiton. In addition, 5 students received special recognition for outstanding solo performances. Flautist Caitlin Bauer and pianist Kersten Kahley were recognized for solos in the Festival Band. Brandon Bauer on drum set and Cody Williams on tenor saxophone as well as Chane Eckhardt on piano were recognized for outstanding improvised solos for the jazz band. We are very proud of our students and their efforts to represent West.
On March 9, Davenport West teams competed in the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament at Ames Middle School. Team Anonymous (Amia Dugan, Andrea Wesley, Angel Reighard, and Cassee Wulf) finished 2nd, and Team Unfrozen Caveman Lawyers (Mykala Housholder, Joey Castel, Hanna Shreffler, and Andromeda Springsteen) finished third. Both advance to the State Competition on April 9th with a chance to go to Global Finals at the University of Tennesse at the end of May.