Victoria West High School Indoor Percussion team heads to state competition for the first time in Victoria history

The indoor percussion team was started in 2020 and is already competing at a state level.

VICTORIA, Texas – The Victoria West gymnasium was filled with the claps of cymbals and the snaps of snare drums while bass reverberated throughout as the Victoria West indoor percussion team heads to Texas A&M for state competition this Saturday.

After placing 1st in regionals they qualified to compete for a state title, the first time in Victoria history. Percussion band director Matthew Lorick says it was the student’s dedication that made this happen.

“And then I see them constantly practicing constantly coming up with new ideas. Most of the choreo that you see the students have created themselves. So it’s a very, you know, student inclusive group. And they’ve really bounced ideas off of each other. It’s just, they’ve grown so much just working with each other. And I’ve never seen this level of growth within the last three years that I’ve been here. So I’m very proud of all the hard work they’ve been doing,” says Lorick.

Sometimes it can take school teams years to even compete at the state level, and for the Victoria West indoor percussion team, it only took three years, because three years ago they didn’t even exist with their inception being in 2020.

Kole Eliot is a senior and says that teamwork is a critical component of this organization.

“My favorite part is just being able to get together and do this all together and win as a team,” says Eliot.

Not only do the students have to memorize their music, but they also choreograph the whole show. Taking the creative lead on putting this show together, the students have put in hours of dedication and practice.

Emily Vera is a sophomore and says that the pandemic fueled their drive to be the best.

“I think it’s definitely the drive that we have now. And we missed that feeling of being able to go do things because of COVID. So I really do think that it was the drive of that. And of course, our amazing teacher, Mr. Lorick definitely pushed us a lot more than he did our first year and it was it’s been great,” says Vera.

The team heads to College Station to compete Saturday, April 2, and with them making history just by qualifying they hope to make even more history by placing first and bringing home some hardware.

You can keep up with the team here at Victoria West’s Facebook page.