Melissa band takes 2nd at State

Staff reports
The second place finished with the best finish ever for the Melissa High School band.

Melissa High School’s Mighty Cardinal Band took second place in the UIL 4A State marching band contest. It’s the band’s best performance ever, topping their 6th place finish in 2018.

“To say we are blessed with the results from the state contest is an understatement,” band director Jerry Whorton said. “We knew our performance was the best of the year for our students, but had no idea that the result would ultimately come out as a second-place finish.”

Melissa was one of 20 schools to advance to the state finals, the second time the school has done so in the last three years. The band’s show was called “Retro Vision,” which was led by drum majors Brianne Finnell, Devynna Vela, and Autumn Bell. It was described as, “big, imaginative, and futuristic with 80s themes.”

The second place finished with the best finish ever for the Melissa High School band.

According to Whorton, the goal for the season was to seek small steps of improvement daily while keeping students safe. He says that the culmination of events that took place this season was the product of students, directors, and parents coming together as one “Team Melissa."

The team never wavered from its philosophy of teaching life through music. Students were instructed to live in the moment and to take in every emotion.

“The joy I had after the show, watching the students stand still with pride for over 15 seconds, with tears running down their cheeks – I knew that the job had been done,” Whorton said. “Win or lose, the outcome was a success. I am incredibly proud of our students and I’m proud to be a Melissa Cardinal.”