Students and faculty throughout the Sherman Independent School District took a break from their regular classroom work on Tuesday afternoon to watch the Sherman High School Marching Band vie for the title of best high school marching band in the state. Unfortunately, the band didn’t get beyond the initial round at the state competition. The band placed 14th out of 28 competitors.

Students and faculty throughout the Sherman Independent School District took a break from their regular classroom work on Tuesday afternoon to watch the Sherman High School Marching Band vie for the title of best high school marching band in the state. Unfortunately, the band didn’t get beyond the initial round at the state competition. The band placed 14th out of 28 competitors.


Sherman High School English teacher Amelia Antillon’s class of Juniors couldn’t hold back some cheering and clapping when they heard the announcer in San Antonio’s Alamodome introduce their fellow Bearcats through a satellite feed. Even though their schoolmates traveled more than 300 miles away for the elite competition, Antillon said she wanted her students to be there in spirit.


"We finished our curriculum yesterday so we could keep on track and still get a chance to relax and support the show," Antillon said. "It’s important to them to support their friends also. It’s a unity thing."


Betsy Reynoso said her friends and cousins in the marching band, "have been looking forward to this since the school year started. It’s a lot of hard work; it’s all they talk about."


Reynoso said she went to the University Interscholastic League’s state championship for marching band two years ago. "It’s nerve wracking," Reynoso said, "but you meet a lot of new people and it’s really amazing."


Reynoso said she was glad the school allowed the students to watch the competition, "because it’s only every two years, and it’s kind of a part of the school’s history."


Bearcat Zack Strong said his friends in the band were "very excited. They’ve been practicing really hard since the end of July."


Strong credited the team’s tenacious performance in part to Band Director Ryan Jenkins. "He’s really competitive," Strong said, "and he knows how to make everyone look good."


Antillon said the viewing party was "my pleasure as a teacher and it’s also interesting on this end because I’m a former Bearcat myself. We’re here to support our kids and do anything we can to foster that sense of community and unity."


The Bearcat Marching Band performed the halftime show they have honed during recent Bearcat games, entitled "From Darkness, Light."