The Wind Ensemble is the top-level concert group at Waltrip. The objectives and goals for this group are high, but members of the Wind Ensemble are well-versed, disciplined musicians that are serious about performing the demanding musical selections expected of this group. The Wind Ensemble’s main competition is the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest in mid-April. In order to join this group, band members must participate in UIL Solo & Ensemble, UIL Region, be an active member of the Marching Band, and audition for the WHS Band Directors.
The Symphonic Band is a medium-difficulty performing group. Members of this band are usually intermediate players that have experience on their horns, but may not be as disciplined or technically sound as members of the Wind Ensemble. Although no audition is required to join this group, students seeking to join the Symphonic Band should have some previous musical education.