Show your undying support for the Warrior Band!
Photo Buttons and Show Shirts
During summer band camp, photos are taken of each student in their uniform. These photos are then made into photo buttons that are available for sale to parents.
All family members can order a Show Shirt or or other spirit wear to wear at games, competitions, when chaperoning events or working the concession stands. These items identify you as a band supporter, and are available all year!
Show your Westwood Band pride . . . you will be one of many wearing a photo button or show shirt! Glance around at the games and you’ll see many proud parents sporting the image of their band student, cheerleader, Sundancer or athlete.
Blockheads are the lawn signs placed in the yards of Warrior Band and Visual Ensemble members. WABB volunteers make these Blockheads for incoming freshmen in early August each year. Your help is needed in making these wooden Warriors! The date and time of the Blockhead Painting Party will be posted on Charms (www.Charmsmusic.com). This activity is one of the first opportunities for band parents to work together, and it is a great way to meet other band parents.
New Warrior Band members receive their blockheads during a special ceremony to be scheduled in the first few weeks of school. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this memory!
Football Season Tickets
Band parents tend to sit high in the stands in order to see the marching formations and be close to the band to better hear and participate in the band experience during the football games. Season tickets may be purchased through the RRISD Athletics office. Individual game tickets may be purchased at the school the week of a game or at the gate at a slightly higher price. When you work in the concessions stand, you will NOT need a game ticket. Please remember that each family is required to work one concessions stand shift!
Student Game Day Plan
The Warrior Band performs at all home and away regular season Varsity football games (and any playoff games for which WHS qualifies). Home games are held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex on Parmer Lane just north of 620. The Warrior Band travels as a group to and from all games on RRISD buses.
For all games and performances, remind your student to take marching shoes, black socks, black gloves, black show t-shirt and orange athletic and compression shorts with him/her to school on game days.
Students are encouraged to purchase a Game Day meal through WABB. There is generally not enough time for students to leave school to eat prior to a game, and students will not be able to purchase food at the game. A group of WABB volunteers organizes Game Day Meals to make the process easier. WABB volunteers will take orders and collect money from students for Game Day meals. Purchasing Game Day Meals will make your life easier! These meals can either be ordered week by week or for the entire season.
After the game, all Warrior Band members will return to the Band Hall by bus to return uniforms, instruments and other equipment. Each student is responsible for checking in their uniform, storing their equipment and reclaiming all personal possessions (i.e., backpacks containing textbooks and homework!). Parent volunteers are needed to assist with uniform distribution and check-in. This is a fun way to get involved and meet your student’s friends while making an important contribution.
Finding the RRISD Stadiums
Home games and some away games with other RRISD opponents are played at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex at 10211 Parmer Lane. You can drive west on Parmer to make a left turn into the stadium or travel up 183A North, exiting at Avery Ranch Blvd, traveling to Parmer and turning right. From this direction, you will make a right turn into the stadium. Traffic is very heavy on game nights, so please allow extra travel time.
Visitor games against school district opponents may be played at Dragon Stadium on the campus of Round Rock High School at 300 N. Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock.
Parent Game Day Plan
Put on your new show shirt and your photo button! Set your course for Westwood if you are assisting with the distribution of Game Day meals or uniforms, or if you are chaperoning. Please consider volunteering to chaperone. Your help would especially be valued if you have first aid and/or medical training.
If it’s a home game and you’re not assisting in the pre-game activities, set your course for the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. When you are working in the concessions stand, please be on time for your shift. You will not need a ticket for the game when you are working a concessions shift.
All Warrior Band members must return to Westwood on the bus after each game. Please plan to pick your student up at the Band Hall after the game. Allow travel time and time for your student to check in his/her uniform and store his/her equipment.
Traffic Etiquette at Westwood
While waiting for your student to arrive, please do NOT park in the driveway near the field house. That driveway must remain clear for returning buses and the band equipment truck. Choose instead to park in the teacher lot across from the band hall. Volunteers will be directing traffic. Remember that it’s been a long day for everyone, so be patient!
The Warrior Band will participate in several marching festivals and all UIL competitions. All RRISD high school bands will perform their marching shows and all RRISD middle school bands will perform at the RRISD Festival of Bands at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. You won’t want to miss this special evening. Proceeds from admission tickets sold by your Westwood Band student will benefit the Westwood Band program.
You won’t want to miss the annual Homecoming Parade. The Warrior Band participates in the parade which is followed by a pep rally at Westwood High School.
No Pass - No Play
The Texas Education Agency defines band as a performing art and concert performances are an extension of class time. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required and is a part of the band grade.
A student will be suspended from participation in any extra-curricular activity (marching band activities, rehearsals before and after school, pep rallies, parades, UIL solo and ensemble and other competitions) after a six-week grading period in which a student receives a grade below a 70.
The student will remain eligible and responsible for band and technique class requirements including sectionals and performances.
Interim progress reports are issued in the middle of each six-week period to students who are borderline or are failing a class. Students will regain eligibility if they are passing all classes at the time of their interim progress report. Parents may arrange to receive a weekly progress report through Home Access.
Study time is provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the student’s scheduled band period during marching season to assist students in keeping up with their homework, etc.
Note About October
October is the busiest month of the year for Band students, directors, and families. In addition to the football games each Friday, there are marching contests and exhibitions on the weekends and sometimes during the school week. This means that managing band activities, homework, college admissions tests, and sleep becomes increasingly important as the weeks progress.
Marching contests hosted by other local schools are designed to prepare the bands for the annual UIL competition. Each of these contests will consume almost the entire day. Every other year, the UIL competitions over a series of weeks are used to select the state marching champion. More information on these and other competitions are posted on the Charms calendar.
With so much activity in the month, it is especially important that students keep up with regard to homework and assignments. The directors allot study time during the band periods to support students. You are welcome to talk to the directors about any particular issue your child may be facing.
-Photo Buttons and Show Shirts
-Football Season Tickets
-Student Game Day Plan
-Finding the RRISD Stadiums
-Parent Game Day Plan
-Traffic Etiquette at Westwood
-No Pass - No Play
-Note About October
Marching Season 101
Concert Season 101
Tips and Tidbits