SAN ANTONIO — The Cypress Woods and Bridgeland ® High School marching bands completed their competition season at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 6A Marching Band State Contest on Dec. 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Cypress Woods placed 10th with a score of 51 points, while Bridgeland ® High School placed 15th with a score of 72 points.
The two marching bands were among 20 bands from across the state to reach the 6A competition. The 2020 contest was Cypress Woods second appearance at state after competing in 2010.
“The students and staff of the Cypress Woods band are thrilled with the success of our season,” said Tom Harrington, Cypress Woods director of bands. “In July we were just hoping that we would be able to get into uniform and perform during a football game halftime. We felt so fortunate when the season lasted until the UIL Region Marching Contest. The opportunity to perform in the Alamodome at the state championship seemed unreal just a few short months ago. Finishing as a finalist was a dream realized. Perhaps, more importantly, we learned a lot about determination in the face of adversity and to adapt when our plans didn’t work out. We learned to live a life in service to others, to work as a team and to sacrifice some of our personal habits and wants to protect the group. Yes, our students learn a lot about music in band, but perhaps more importantly we also learn what it is to be a good citizen of our community and country.”
Bridgeland ® High School’s state appearance was the first in school history.
“We’re beyond proud of the band on their performance at the state marching band contest,” said Shawn McAnear, Bridgeland ® High School director of bands. “It was an amazing experience to share the stage with the very best in Texas.”
The 2020 UIL Marching Band State Contest did not include finals due to COVID-19 procedures and protocols. The competition was offered to view via a paid live stream.
“I am so proud of the Cypress Woods and Bridgeland (® High School) marching bands for representing CFISD at the UIL Marching Band State Contest,” said Mary Running, director of fine arts. “It was so exciting to see our students performing in the Alamodome in front of thousands of people both in-person and through live stream. Both schools had their best performances of the season and ended the year on a high note! I am so proud of how well our students and teachers have followed the safety protocols the district put in place for marching band. Their diligence has paid off and allowed the students to finish 2020 with great memories of performing at the state level.”
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