Cierra Macaluso flies through the air in “Wired”-- the Burnet High School Esprit de Corps' contest performance – during the UIL Area D Marching Contest held in Cedar Park on Saturday, Oct. 25. The group qualified to advance to the state marching contest on Monday, Nov. 3, in San Antonio's Alamodome.

The Burnet High School Esprit de Corps faces a challenging and intense schedule in its attempt to win a championship Monday, Nov. 3, at the University Intrscholastic League (UIL) State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio.


The Esprit de Corps, consisting of the BHS band and the Highlandettes dance team, earned the right to step onto the field in state competition for the second time in three years when they finished in the top four performing groups on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the UIL Area D Marching Contest in Cedar Park.

At the state contest, to be held in the Alamodome, the Esprit de Corps will be putting its show up against 21 others bands in the Class 4A category.

In its last appearance at the state level, in 2012, Burnet finished third on that same field.

The Esprit de Corps drew a performance slot of 9:15 a.m. Monday, as the second of the 22 total state qualifying groups.

That means the band members and the Highlandettes will board chartered buses at Burnet High School and head for San Antonio at 5:15 a.m., said Keith McBurnett, superintendent of Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD.)

Only 10 bands will be selected from the preliminary rounds to advance and perform in Monday night’s finals competition. Qualifiers will be announced at 4 p.m.

UIL state finals are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and are expected to last past 9 p.m.


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