The Burleson Centennial High School Spartan Regiment Marching Band will soon compete for a state title after placing first at the University Interscholastic League 5A Area Marching Contest over the weekend.
Marching bands in schools that are 3A and 5A could move on to the state competition this year, with 2A, 4A and 6A schools next year.
During the preliminaries, BCHS Band Director Shawn Murphy said the band tied for fifth place and then jumped to first place during finals.
“I am incredibly proud of the students, parents, directors and staff for an incredible day of performances on Saturday,” Murphy said. “The band has been steadily improving throughout the entire 2019 marching season, and our area finals performance was hands down our best to date.”
They are thrilled with the outcome, he said, and are proud to represent our school and community at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest Nov. 4-5.
The Burleson High School Spirit of Elks Marching Band placed ninth during prelims and seventh during finals.
This was the first time in over 25 years the band had advanced to area finals, Director Brandon Day said.
“The fact that both Burleson ISD bands were in finals is a testament to how great our middle schools are training our students and the quality of educators we have in the district,” Day said. “Having Centennial cheer on BHS during our prelims run and BHS cheering them on when they got off the field after finals proved that we have a strong partnership within our district and supporting each other.”
He’s happy with how the students performed over the weekend.
“Their best two performances of the season happened Saturday, and that’s exactly what you want for them,” he said. “In 13 weeks, they have truly transformed the program into a very competitive group. I cannot wait until we have another chance at state in two years.”
The Joshua High School Spirit of Joshua Marching Band placed 14th during prelims, with the Cleburne High School Golden Pride Marching Band placing 19th. Both did not compete in finals.
In the 3A prelims competition, the Grandview High School Thundering Herd Marching Band placed 10th and placed ninth during finals.
During the Region 30 competition on Oct. 19, the Alvarado High School Golden Warrior Marching Band received a Division 1, the Godley High School Marching Band received a Division 1 for the third consecutive year, the Rio Vista High School Eagle Pride Marching Band received a Division 2 and the Venus High School Regiment Marching Band received a Division 2.
For results, visit uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/area.