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|Waller ISD Bands|
The Waller High School Band, led by Grant McWilliams, is a competitive 5A program. Its 140+ members participate in Marching Band, Concert Ensembles, Indoor Color Guard, Indoor Percussion, Jazz Ensemble, and a host of other musical activities. The Waller High School "Bulldog" Band is a consistent recipient of the UIL Sweepstakes Award, has been the UIL Area E 5A Marching Champion, and has advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest three times.
The Waller ISD Bands vary in size and instrumentation, experience level, and each play a variety of music. Waller ISD follows a set educational program which dictates particular styles of pieces that are standard to the music curriculum. Such curricula includes concert, marching, percussion, and color guard routines that are in line with the required TEKS Fine Arts guidelines. The Director of Bands works with the band staff to determine the curriculum and routines that will be taught and rehearsed to prepare for performance competitions and concerts.
The Waller ISD Bands course offerings begin in junior high in the 6th grade and are offered up to the 12th grade at Waller High School. The high school bands perform at community events, school athletic events, concerts and UIL level competitions. We invite you to support our band program and hope you attend some of the many community events. It is our honor to perform for you so you can witness firsthand the development and success of our Waller ISD Band students.
Grant McWilliams joined Waller ISD as the Director of Bands in 2011. He was previously an Associate Director of Bands at Clear Lake High School in Houston and Assistant Director at Belton High School and North Mesquite High School.
Mr. McWilliams spent four years marching with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps where he was a member of the lead trumpet section, serving as the section leader in his last two seasons. During his time there, The Cadets were twice crowned as the Drum Corps International World Champions in 1998 and 2000.
In 2006 he served as a member of the visual and brass staff with Capital Regiment Drum Corps. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Mr. McWilliams served as a member of the visual staff for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. McWilliams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Texas A&M – Commerce, where he was a member of the wind symphony, jazz ensemble, chorale, and chamber singers.
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