Katy HS Brigade Director Earns Lifetime Achievement Award


January 25, 2020

By Jennifer Miko

Anyone who’s attended a Katy High School football game in the last 37 years, has been entertained by Patty Henson’s Brigade Team’s half-time performances. Recently, Henson was recognized for her talent and dedication when she was awarded the Texas Dance Educators Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Since 1983, Patty Henson has been the Katy Bengal Brigade and Cheerleader (KBBC) Director at Katy High School. On Saturday, January 18, she was honored with the Texas Dance Educators Association Lifetime Achievement Award at the Marriott Marquis in Houston. Unfortunately, Henson was unable to receive the award in person.

“Rather than being present at the TDEA banquet where the announcement was made, I was on a bus home from Fort Worth with my cheerleaders,” says Henson. “Robin Sammons (director) was facetiming friends at the banquet and she then made the announcement on the bus. It was pretty special to have my kids with me when it was announced and they were super excited, as was I.”

Decades of Wonderful Performances

As Brigade Director, Henson has had the opportunity to travel with her teams to events around the country. The KBBC has marched in the San Antonio Fiesta parades, both the Battle of Flowers and the night parade, performed at SeaWorld, Fiesta Texas, Disney World and Disneyland.

“KBBC has also performed in all of the domes of Texas, Astrodome, Alamodome, Texas Stadium, NRG, and AT & T in Arlington,” Henson says.

Henson said her team’s biggest event to date was their performance at the Rose Parade last January. Her students worked with professionals in the dance world and witnessed the behind-the-scenes preparations.

“To be the opening for the Tournament of Roses parade is a memory we will all carry forever,” says Henson.

Practice Makes Perfect

The Brigade Team is currently preparing for the American Dance/Drill Team Contest being held at Morton Ranch High School in February. They are working on three Team routines and four Officer routines.

Henson admits it takes a lot more time to prepare for a performance than for the actual performance itself.