Whitesboro Bearcats Band claims 2A state title

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WHITESBORO, TX -- The Texas Marching Band State Championships ended on a high note for the Whitesboro Bearcats, who brought home the 2A state title for the first time in school history.

Parents, students and teachers lined the outside of Whitesboro High School Monday evening holding signs and flowers waiting for their state champions to return home.

Band members were overwhelmed with emotion as they exited the bus. There was a ton of cheering, a lot of hugs and even fireworks.

"This is absolutely the best way to come home, is to be the champions," Whitesboro Band Director Jim Cude said.

"To see our hometown react the way they did to us. It's just incredible," Drum Major Cody Fennell said.

Band Director Jim Cude says this win will go down in history as the first state title ever claimed by the Whitesboro Bearcats Band.

The show that won the Bearcats state is called "Bushido: Way of the Warrior".

"It's just a long story of love, tragedy, war," Drum Major Jacob Rucker said.

However, making the performance look and sound in tune was not an easy task. Drum Major Jacob Rucker says it took hundreds of hours of hard work, work that finally paid off.

"All the time we put through, all the emotions, the blood, the tears, the work. To see that final great product I envisioned back in July, it's amazing," Rucker said.

Cude says what pulled out a true win was the comradery and compassion these student's have shown to each other.

"We have a big saying that we've not won until we're one and we have truly become one in the last week," Cude said.

"We fostered that relationship since the very beginning and now we're here so it's great," Fennell said.

Howe and Van Alstyne also advanced to state and made it to the top 10 finalists. Sherman competed Tuesday in the 4A state championships and while they didn't make it into the top ten we want to congratulate all of them.