For Immediate Release


TWHS Winter Guard wins National Championship


The Woodlands HS Winter Guard was crowned National Champions April 17th in San Diego at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Sport of the Arts World Championships.  The guard's presentation, titled “Woodlands Party of Two,” featured the group in an Italian restaurant setting, complete with thematical costumes, tables & chairs, flags and props to help portray the theme.  The group scored a 98.35 in the finals competition to edge out contenders Stoneman Douglas HS from Florida and Laurens HS from New York.  


This years World Championship was the culmination of 28 regional competitions held throughout the US and Europe.  The event featured over 400 groups from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Japan.  The Woodlands score was the 2nd highest score out of all the groups competing, second only to 7-time World Class Champion, James Logan HS from California.  This is the first time that a Texas HS group has won a winter guard title.  For more information about the event, visit:


The Woodlands HS winter guards had a successful competition season, with the varsity guard also winning WGI Dallas regional, the WGI Houston Regional, and the Texas Color Guard Circuit championships.  The JV guard also had a successful season, placing in the finals competition at both regional championships, and maintained a top 30 national ranking prior to the national championships.


Chad Berkstresser is the color guard director and Alan Mueggenborg is the Visual Coordinator for the TWHS band.  Other assistants include Jack Pursifull, Laura Starzyk, Tom Harrington and Lynn Barth.  Brett Johnson is the TWHS band director and the principals are Mark Murrell and Gregg Colschen.


The Woodlands HS band will be attending the Bands of America Grand National Championships on November 4-6, 2004, held in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.



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