Centennial High School’s Indoor Drumline Captures 6th Place in Top Division at WGI World Championships

Students celebrate another record-breaking year


BURLESON, Texas – (April 26, 2018) – In only their second trip to the WGI World Championships, the Centennial High School (CHS) Indoor Drumline have again tasted major success . After winning the Scholastic Open Division in 2017, the Drumline moved up to the Scholastic World Division and placed 6th among the most elite high school drumlines in the country. The CHS Indoor Drumline presented a flawless performance of their show, “Salvation Lies Within,” to a sold-out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, OH, on Saturday night.

“What an exciting end to a wonderful season for these students and their families,” said Shawn Murphy, Centennial High School Director of Bands. “To be counted with the very best groups in the country – most with years and years of experience in this level of competition – is such an honor. And to do it on their first year in this classification is even more remarkable. Our community should be so proud of these kids.”

“The level of difficulty in the performance between last year and this year presented a real challenge for these students,” said Richard Kearns, Centennial High School Percussion Director. “In order to move up to the World Class level, we had to ask so much of them: hours and hours of practice, handling difficult music and choreography, and the mental toughness that elite athletes develop. And they delivered on every point!”

There were three rounds of competition during the World Championships and the CHS Indoor Drumline got better and better with each round, scoring 90.763 on Thursday (8th place), 90.8 on Friday (7th place) and 92.875 at Saturday’s Finals. The remaining groups in the Top Ten had been to the finals in Scholastic World Class level for a combined total of over 50 years. The CHS drumline was the only new drumline in this group.

Another surprise during the awards ceremony came for CHS Senior Jack Higham, who was announced as the winner of the Yamaha Music Education Scholarship, which was awarded to a high school senior who planned to major in music education in college.



Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,000 students at 17 schools, 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