The Elite Visual Ensemble offers Westlake Students a unique opportunity to learn and perform a wide range of movement, dance and theater skills at the State and National level. As part of the Westlake Band Program, EVE makes up the color guard section of the Chap Band. Color Guard is known as “the sport of the arts” and is one of the fastest growing activities in high schools across the nation. It is a high energy sport that combines dance (including ballet, jazz, and modern styles), gymnastics, theater, and equipment manipulation (including flags, rifles, sabres, and other props).
In the fall, the Elite Visual Ensemble performs as one of five sections in the award winning Westlake Chaparral Band at football games and competitions. In the spring, the Elite Visual Ensemble is comprised of 7-12 graders in EISD and performs as its own unit(s) indoors to recorded music and travels across the state to compete against other color guards.
Any Eanes ISD 7-12 grader is eligible to be in the Elite Visual Ensemble. The Westlake Elite Visual Ensemble is unique in that freshmen and new members get to perform their very first year in the organization!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join the Westlake Elite Visual Ensemble?
Anyone who is interested in dance and performance can join!
No previous dance or color guard experience is required. Our experienced instructors will teach you everything you need to know.
Can you be in band AND EVE?
Absolutely! Band students are encouraged to explore this activity just as much as any other Westlake High School student.
How do I join Elite Visual Ensemble?
Just sign up for PE899A! Even if you have already signed up for classes, contact Ms. Robertson or your counselor, and we can easily get your schedule changed.
When does the Elite Visual Ensemble practice and perform?
In the fall, the Elite Visual Ensemble practices before school and performs along with the rest of the Chap Band and Varsity Marching Band at Varsity football games and marching competitions across the state. In the spring, the Elite Visual Ensemble practices after school and competes at winter guard competitions across the state. The Elite Visual Ensemble, along with the rest of the Chap Band, have been invited and will perform in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
What kind of credit do I receive for Elite Visual Ensemble?
Being enrolled in Elite Visual Ensemble earns you PE and fine arts credit.
What are the benefits of Elite Visual Ensemble?
- Having 250 prospective friends in the band upon entering high school
- Earning fine arts and PE credit
- The pride of being part of a successful school group
- The honing of dance/movement skills
- Increased fitness and flexibility
- The building of confidence and a sense of responsibility
- The opportunity to develop leadership skills
- The chance to travel to places like Disney World and New York City