Cy-Fair HS drumline places 7th at World Percussion Championships

April 26, 2018

: The Cy-Fair High School drumline
The Cy-Fair High School drumline earned its fourth top-10 finish at the Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships since 2012, as the ensemble finished seventh in the Scholastic Open Class on April 21 at the University of Dayton.

April 26, 2018—The Cy-Fair High School drumline placed seventh overall at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Percussion Championships’ Scholastic Open Class, earning the top-10 finish following three days of competition April 19-21 at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

The ensemble’s performance was entitled Order Of The Dragon and depicted the group resurrecting a 90-foot dragon skeleton to life.

The Cy-Fair High School drumline performs during the 2018 Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships
The Cy-Fair High School drumline performs during the 2018 Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships. The ensemble finished seventh in the Scholastic Open Class after three days of competition.

Cy-Fair scored a 91.025 to finish seventh in the finals. The ensemble was 1.113 behind the sixth-place finisher (Lawrence Township in Indianapolis). Two other Texas high schools placed among the top 10 schools, with Clear Brook High School from Clear Creek ISD winning it all.

For the program, 2018 marks its fourth top-10 finish over the last seven years. Cy-Fair attended the championships in 2012, 2014 and 2016 to go along with this season’s trip, finishing as high as third.

“We are very pleased with our placement as well as the growth and skill development we experienced this year,” said John Nelson, Cy-Fair High School associate band director. “The standards in this activity are increasingly higher every year and our students go to an extreme amount of effort to compete at that level alongside the best in high school percussion programs. The creativity and performance quality this year was a new landmark in the activity and Cy-Fair made their mark.”

The Cy-Fair High School drumline’s performance at the 2018 Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships
The Cy-Fair High School drumline’s performance at the 2018 Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships, was entitled Order Of The Dragon and depicted the group resurrecting a 90-foot dragon skeleton to life

The competition in the Scholastic Open Class began with 38 ensembles participating in a preliminary round April 19. The top 24 groups advanced to the semifinals the next day before the top 15 moved on to compete in the finals at the University of Dayton Arena on April 21.

WGI consist of three sections, including drumline, or specifically, indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline. Each ensemble consists of the marching percussion and front ensemble sections of a marching band. The competition blends marching and both the musical and theatrical performance.

: The Cy-Fair High School drumline placed seventh at the 2018 Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships’ Scholastic Open Class on April 21 in Dayton, Ohio
The Cy-Fair High School drumline placed seventh at the 2018 Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships’ Scholastic Open Class on April 21 in Dayton, Ohio, earning the programs fourth top-10 finish since 2012.

In its 41st year, WGI has grown to more than 46,000 participants at the regional level and more than 15,000 participants at the world championships in April.

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