Fine Arts Kick Off the Fall With Musical, New Band Program


Abby Chand and Mary-Kate Hisaw

The first thing drivers see when arriving to school in the morning is the band practicing in the stadium parking lot. All band members start their year off on Aug. 1 to prepare for the competitions and football games.

This fall’s band performance, “Love and War,” is set in WWII. The show presents two lovers; the man is sent off to war and the woman is left behind on the home front. The band hopes their hard work and hours of practice will pay off and earn them a spot at the state competition.

“Each year for our Raider Pride Marching Band is a “competitive” year,” director Mark Conaway said.  “However, we push hard this year as this is our UIL State Classification for advancing.” 

The theatre and choir departments are also starting the year off strong with their new musical, Aida. The musical is about a Nubian princess that is kidnapped by Egyptians. It follows her journey as she grows to understand who she is and her role in history. Throughout the story, she falls in love with the soldier that kidnapped her and plans the daring rescue of her father. However, true love finds a way throughout time. Although this is typically not a musical year, both choir director Megan Senter and the new theatre director Annie Gray thought this would be a great opportunity to kick-off Ms. Gray’s career at Sunnyvale.

“I feel very blessed to be beginning my teaching career in such a good district,” Gray said. “The kids are all hard-working and they really put forth initiative to get things done. I am having so much fun in all of my classes and I really enjoy teaching here.”

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 26th, 30th, and 31st  at 7:00 pm so you don’t miss a great performance.