October 29, 2018
Oct. 29, 2018—The Cy-Fair and Jersey Village high school marching bands will represent CFISD at the UIL State Marching Band Contest after being among the five selected to advance from the UIL Area I Marching Band Contest, held Oct. 27 at Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium.
For Jersey Village, the program made history in earning its first-ever bid to the state competition.
“We are honored to represent CFISD at the State Marching Contest,” said Brett Nelson, Jersey Village director of bands. “We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication our students have put in this season. Thank you to our fantastic booster club and community for all of your support."
For Cy-Fair, it will be the marching band’s fourth consecutive trip to the state competition, as Class 6A varsity band programs compete in an alternating-year schedule for the opportunity to qualify. The band has three top-20 finishes in its previous three appearances, which includes placing 14th in the 2014 competition.
“For the fourth consecutive time, Cy-Fair High School has progressed to the state level in marching band,” said Mark Veenstra, Cy-Fair director of bands. “Our group competed at UIL area competition on Saturday along with 24 other fine bands and won the right to appear at state. Go Bobcat Band – BFND in full force!”
Eleven CFISD bands participated in the area competition preliminaries, and Jersey Village, Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls, Langham Creek and Cypress Ranch were among the 10 of 25 total ensembles chosen to advance to the area finals on Saturday night. The other finalists were Katy, Seven Lakes, Katy Taylor, Cinco Ranch and Tompkins.
Following the finals, the drum majors and color guard officers gathered on the field awaiting the results. As each state qualifier was read alphabetically, the individuals celebrated and congratulated each other. The drum majors and color guard officers from Cy-Fair and Jersey Village then joined together for photos.
“We are so proud of all of the CFISD bands that competed at the UIL Area contest on Saturday,” said Mary Running, director of fine arts. “We are fortunate to have great groups of teachers and students all over the district, who have been working hard since August to produce these high quality marching performances.”
The state competition preliminary round for Class 6A will take place Nov. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, with Cy-Fair scheduled to perform at 4:15 p.m. and Jersey Village slated for 7 p.m. The finals are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 6.
CFISD has qualified multiple marching bands to each of the last six state competitions. That includes three qualifiers in 2016 (Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls and Langham Creek) and 2010 (Cypress Falls, Cypress Woods and Langham Creek).
“We are proud of the Cy-Fair High School band for returning to the Alamodome for another opportunity to compete at the UIL State Marching Contest,” Running said. “We are also thrilled that for the first time in history the Jersey Village High School band is competing at the state contest. These types of accomplishments are not possible without the support of parents, teachers, administrators and the CFISD Board of Trustees. We want to thank the entire community for their support of our fine arts programs in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.”