National Champions Celebration!


The Woodlands High School Marching Band &

The Woodlands Lady Highlanders Volleyball


Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5:00 pm

Market Street – The Woodlands

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Woodlands finishes dominant season with state volleyball title


Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

By Angel Verdejo

This is the way it was supposed to end.

Four years ago, Courtney Eckenrode and Kelly Quinn walked away from the state tournament as freshmen with silver medals around their necks.

It took awhile for Eckenrode, Quinn and The Woodlands to get back. They lost in the second round as sophomores and in the region semifinals the next year.

But they returned with an even better team – the best in the country – and finished what they started. The top-ranked Highlanders swept San Antonio Churchill 25-22, 26-24, 25-17 at the Curits Culwell Center to capture the Class 5A state championship Saturday night.

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The Woodlands High School Marching band wins Bands of America National contest


Via The Courier of Montgomery County

By Jonathan Garris

Parents, community leaders and fellow students are celebrating The Woodlands High School marching band’s first national title after taking top honors at Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 16.

At the end of the competition, The Woodlands scored a 96.80, beating out Carmel High School and Avon High School, both of Indiana, according to the event’s website. The Woodlands also received awards for Outstanding Music performance and Outstanding General Effect and took first place in Class AAAA.

The competition featured 90 bands during preliminary competitions Nov. 14 and Nov. 16, band director Joni Perez said. Of those, 36 bands advanced to the semifinals Saturday and 12 bands made it to finals that same evening. Five of the 12 finalists were marching bands from Texas.

“The kids are just ecstatic about the season in general and the culmination of it this past weekend,” Perez said. “We’re all just very proud of the students and we’re proud to represent the district and the community.”

The TWHS marching band has seen plenty of success this season, as the team won the 2013 BOA Conroe Regional Championships in October and earned their first San Antonio Super Regional Championship one month later.

Band president and senior Jason Hulet said the band had plenty of momentum following these two big wins and fellow band members gave their performance at nationals their best effort.

528d82f0847eb.image“All of the experience we gained leading up to our final performance really showed,” Hulet said. “It was filled with more energy and emotion than any of our other performances.”

This was the sixth time that the band has been a finalist on the national level, Perez said. The band’s performance was likely bolstered by what Perez called energetic and moving performances as part of a show titled “Crossing Boundaries.”

“We used the visual images and soundscapes of trains and locomotives,” Perez said. “We tried to express a concept of a journey and moving towards something.”

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