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5. The Woodlands HS, TX (AAAA)

The Woodlands High School Band is a former Grand National champion and a recipient of both the Sudler Shield and the Sudler Flag.

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8th on 10/28/14 (Week 7)
11th on 10/21/14 (Week 6)
6th on 10/14/14 (Week 5)
2nd on 10/07/14 (Week 4)
2nd on 9/30/14 (Week 3)
2nd on 9/23/14 (Week 2)
2nd on 9/16/14 (Week 1)

1st on 11/19/13

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In 2016, The Woodlands will be competing at the Conroe Regional and the San Antonio Super Regional.

The Woodlands competed at the Conroe Regional, the San Antonio Super Regional, and the Grand National Championships. This group tends to have much better shows during the years they attend Grand Nats if for no other reason than that they have an extra two weeks to rehearse and perfect the show. With UIL limits on practice time, Texas bands are able to improve exponentially in just two weeks time.

At the Conroe Regional, The Woodlands placed third in prelims right behind Ronald Reagan and Claudia Taylor Johnson. Because of a scheduling conflict with a football game, they were unable to compete in the finals competition.

On Halloween, The Woodlands competed at the San Antonio Super Regional, placing seventh in finals and prelims and setting them up for a good showing at Grand Nats, but placing a grand national champion title out of reach.

Just two weeks later, The Woodlands competed at the Grand National Championships earning sixth place in finals. While it may be surprising to see a group that won this competition just two years placing so low, it's important to look at all of the extremely tough competition this group had to face. The bands that compete in finals at Grand Nats truly are the best in the nation, and there are so many variables that affect their placements year-to-year.

The Woodlands competed at the Conroe Regional and the San Antonio Super Regional. They won both of these competitions in 2013 and many people thought they could repeat that pattern this year, but instead they fell several points behind Claudia Taylor Johnson at both competitions. We thought Hebron would be their toughest competition after they had lost to The Woodlands by only 0.05 of a point at San Antonio 2013, but they managed to beat Hebron by 0.05 for the second year in a row.

Over the summer of 2014, two assistant band directors, Ivan De La Cruz and Brian Eisemann, left the program. Head director Joni Perez and percussion director Andy Salmon remained and two new directors Jason Harvey and Joseph Eck replaced the two departing directors. While it's always sad to see people leave, it doesn't appear that there was any sort of scandal or situation at the school that caused these two directors to leave. Sometimes staff changes can destroy a program and sometimes it can really help a program. We expected little or no change to The Woodland's level of excellence since head director Joni Perez remained in charge, and it turns out that we were right.

The Woodlands were the clear winner at the 2013 Grand National Championships, earning first place in every round of competition. The power on their opening hit in Finals was striking, and they were consistently captivating from start to finish. The horn line was perfectly blended the entire show, and we thoroughly enjoyed their arrangement of "Different Trains" by Steve Reich. Typically, Texas bands come to Grand Nats on a rotating basis of somewhere between 2 and 4 years, and, following in that standard, The Woodlands won't be able to defend their title in November 2014. They'll instead be devoting their attention to the San Antonio Super Regional and UIL (Texas) State Finals. We can't wait to see what is next for this program that's #NotAboutTrains.

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