Wylie High School band hosts regional contest

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Wylie High School hosted the UIL marching band regional contest tonight at Bulldog Stadium.  For drum line captain, Jack Lowry, being in the band is a family tradition.

"I've always known that I wanted to do it.  My dad played in drum line whenever he grew up so I wanted to do that too," Lowry said.

And his dad isn't the only family member to be a part of the Wylie Bulldog band.

"My mom was also a drum major and my sister was a drum major in this band so it's cool to carry out the legacy I guess," Lowry said.

Although musical talent runs in the family, Lowry says being a part of the marching band isn't easy.

"It takes a lot of hard work and devotion.  You have to have responsibility.  You have a lot of rehearsal times you have to show up for and just being really devoted," Lowry said.

According to Band Director, Michelle Lessing, Lowry has shown great leadership and dedication to the Bulldog Band to become drum line captain which has been a goal of his since his freshman year.

"Jack is the one with the drum majors and the color guard captains that he takes the lead and you'll probably see him tonight at the contest.  He takes lead.  He gets them onto the field," Lessing said.

Looking to the future, Lowry hopes to play in college.

"ACU and Texas Tech, those are my top two," Lowry said.

As far as tonight's competition, Lowry said they've been training hard since the summer and expects a great performance.

Not all classifications are able to advance to the next round every year and this is one of the years that Wylie and other AAAA schools will not compete.  Next year will be their turn but Lessing said every opportunity these kids have to pick up an instrument and compete, matters.  Wylie is one of 15 bands in the competition.

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