WHITESBORO — The Whitesboro High School band placed first among 20 2A bands in the UIL state marching contest on Monday in San Antonio, after giving what Director Jim Cude called their "absolute best performance."

WHITESBORO — The Whitesboro High School band placed first among 20 2A bands in the UIL state marching contest on Monday in San Antonio, after giving what Director Jim Cude called their "absolute best performance."


Whitesboro was one of four Grayson County bands that qualified to go the competition. Others included Sherman High School, Van Alstyne High Schooland Howe High School.


Three of those band had qualified for the top 10 after Monday night’s competition ended. Van Alstyne’s marching band took home a ninth place finish, and Howe’s band earned 10th place.


Five judges scored each band in two categories: music and marching. Whitesboro’s performance in prelims Monday afternoon earned them first place, and they advanced to finals. They came in first out of 10 bands during finals.


Drum Major Cody Fennell described the feeling of winning as a "breath of fresh air."


"We worked together more as a whole this year," Fennell said, "We became one."


Getting the band to where they are today has been a three-year process and a lot of hard work, said both Cude and Fennell. Cude attributes the band’s success to the dedication of the students, and to "working on little things" during practices last week.


"They’re pretty excited," Cude said of the students. The band returned to Whitesboro Tuesday afternoon.


The band will play their award-winning show, "Bushido: Way of the Warrior," one last time at the Whitesboro vs. Boyd football game this Friday in Whitesboro. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. The band will perform a different halftime show for any playoff games.