The Burleson Centennial High School Spartan Regiment Marching Band placed fifth at the University Interscholastic League 5A State Marching contest this week.
The band jumped from fifth to first place at the 5A area marching contest last week. “A Picture’s Worth,” is the title of their show, which depicts the various emotions experienced when someone finds an old family photo album when they’re middle-aged and reminisces about the “good old days” from when they were young.
Band Director Shawn Murphy said he is thrilled beyond words for the band to place in the top five out of 254 5A marching bands from across the state.
“All their hard work over the past several months finally paid off in a big way, and I simply couldn’t be any prouder of them,” Murphy said. “As I was giving out fist bumps to everyone while we waited to go on, I told the band members, ‘Nobody has what we have. Nobody. Now go do it.’ I was confident they were about to perform their best show of the year. No doubt in my mind. And sure enough, they did it.”
Their band has never advanced to the state marching championship before, he said, so for them to earn a spot in the top five is a historic moment for them.
“We were just happy to be there performing at state,” he said. “The final placement announcement just took our excitement level over the top.”