Centennial High School Indoor Drumline Wins World Championship

BURLESON, Texas (April 24, 2017) — The Centennial High School Indoor Drumline from Burleson ISD won the WGI Scholastic Open World Championship with a score of 97.1.


This was the Centennial High School Indoor Drumline’s first year to go to the World Championship in Dayton, Ohio. The 32-member group competed against more than 200 Drumlines from around the world, including one group from Thailand, to claim the World Championship title.


“What an amazing experience,” drumline director Richard Kearns said. “We went to the world championships for the first time. The expectations at that level are you just try to live to play another day because the judges eliminate teams after the preliminaries and semifinals. Our goal the first time there was to try to make it to Saturday.”


Students, parents, Burleson ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson, Centennial High School Principal Jimmy Neal, City of Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter, the Burleson Police and Fire Departments, and many proud family members welcomed the World Champions home as their bus took a victory lap around the school.


“A lot of drumlines who are successful at this level are at the world championships each year,” Kearns said. “We planned for this for more than one year, but were not even on the radar. For Centennial to bring home the championship trophy says a lot about the dedication of our kids and the level of their performance.”




Burleson Independent School District serves more than 11,000 students at 16 campuses, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.



Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications