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Bridgeland, Cy Woods, Jersey Village bands qualify for state competition

Bridgeland, Cypress Woods and Jersey Village high school drum majors and color guard officers pose.
Bridgeland, Cypress Woods and Jersey Village high school drum majors and color guard officers pose following their selections to the UIL State Marching Contest. The three marching bands qualified after being among the four ensembles selected to advance from the UIL Area I Marching Band Contest, held Oct. 30 at Legacy Stadium in Katy.

Nov. 2, 2021—The Bridgeland, Cypress Woods and Jersey Village high school marching bands will represent CFISD at the UIL State Marching Contest after being among the four bands selected to advance from the UIL Area I Marching Band Contest, held Oct. 30 at Legacy Stadium in Katy.

Bridgeland earned its second consecutive bid to the state competition.

The Bridgeland High School marching band earned a second consecutive bid to the UIL State Marching Contest.
The Bridgeland High School marching band earned a second consecutive bid to the UIL State Marching Contest, to be held Nov. 8-9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

“We could not be more excited for the students and our community,” said Shawn McAnear, Bridgeland head band director. “It is an honor to be named Area I Champions and advance to the UIL State Marching Contest for a second time, competing against the very best bands in Texas. Our program is quickly establishing a culture of excellence and it is an absolute blast to watch the band perform each time.”

For Cypress Woods, it will be the band’s second straight trip and third overall. The Wildcats qualified for the first time in 2010.

The Cypress Woods High School marching band earned its third bid to the UIL State Marching Contest.
The Cypress Woods High School marching band earned its third bid to the UIL State Marching Contest, to be held Nov. 8-9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

“We are thrilled to, once again, have the opportunity to compete at the UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio,” said Tom Harrington, Cypress Woods head band director. “Having a chance to perform in the Alamodome is one of the greatest experiences for a high school band student. The sound is amazing and they will perform in front of thousands of supporters. All of our students, parents and staff are very excited for the opportunity to travel and compete. We would like to thank our local and district administration for supporting our band. The staff in particular would like to thank the army of parent volunteers who sacrifice a lot of time to help get our band where it needs to go and to take care of our students along the way. Our band is truly a community effort and we hope to make our community proud.”

Jersey Village earned its second state bid after making its first in program history in 2018.

The Jersey Village High School marching band earned its second bid to the UIL State Marching Contest.
The Jersey Village High School marching band earned its second bid to the UIL State Marching Contest, to be held Nov. 8-9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

“This season has been such a wonderful experience for our JVHS band students,” said Carter Frederick, Jersey Village head band director. “They really have put in the hard work to earn their spot in the Texas State Marching Contest. As directors, it was amazing for us to see that hard work pay off at the Area I Contest last Saturday. We would like to send a special thank you to [Principal] Maggie Wiley, [Associate Principal] Lynn Blakeslee and the entire administrative team at Jersey Village High School, [CFISD Director of Fine Arts] Mary Running and the entire CFISD fine arts staff, and our wonderful Jersey Village community of parents, students, family and friends. The support for our students and program this season has been so amazing, and we can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”

Eleven CFISD bands participated in the area competition preliminaries, and Bridgeland, Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls, Cypress Woods and Jersey Village were among the 10 of 21 total ensembles chosen to advance to the area finals on Saturday night. The other finalists were Katy, Cinco Ranch, Katy Taylor, Seven Lakes 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 Bridgeland, Cypress Woods and Jersey Village then joined together for photos.

CFISD has qualified multiple marching bands to each of the last eight state competitions. That includes three qualifiers this year, in 2016 (Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls and Langham Creek) and 2010 (Cypress Falls, Cypress Woods and Langham Creek).

The Cy-Fair High School marching band competed was among 11 CFISD bands to compete in the UIL Area I Marching Band Contest.
The Cy-Fair High School marching band competed was among 11 CFISD bands to compete in the UIL Area I Marching Band Contest, held Oct. 30 at Legacy Stadium in Katy.

“Earning a spot at the UIL State Marching Band Championship is one of the highest honors that a Texas high school band program can achieve,” Running said. “Out of the 254 Class 6A schools across the state, we are so proud to have three schools in the elite group of 38 that will be competing in San Antonio next week. This achievement would not be possible without the support of our Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry and the entire CFISD school board, administration and community. I want to commend the thousands of band students in CFISD who have worked hard this fall entertaining audiences, supporting football and competing at a high level in marching band competitions. In CFISD, we are dedicated to providing outstanding fine arts experiences for all students.”

The state competition for Class 6A will take place Nov. 8-9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The preliminary round will be Nov. 8, with Cypress Woods is scheduled to perform at 9:30 a.m., Jersey Village is slated for 3:15 p.m. and Bridgeland is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.

The top 12 performing marching bands will return Nov. 9 for the state finals.

For more information about the state contest, including tickets and live streaming information, visit the UIL website.