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North Lamar Marching Band Heads to State for 5th Consecutive Time

Band NewsGreg Higgins

In the middle of October, the North Lamar High School Marching Band joined over 220 Class 4A marching bands from across the state in their quest to make it to the State Marching Band Championship in San Antonio at the Alamo Dome.  Bands first had to earn a Superior rating at the regional level in order to advance to the area level of competition, then be one of the top five bands at Area to advance to the State Marching Championships.  The North Lamar Marching Band did just that for the fifth consecutive time.

Preparing them for their run at state were two earlier competitions against some of the toughest bands in Northeast Texas.   At the Golden Triangle Classic Marching Contest in early October, the band placed ninth out of 25 bands.  The next week they finished fifth out of 20 bands at the Little Elm Marching Classic on the Lake Contest.  

Then on October 18, the NLHS Marching Band began competing for a place at state by earning superior ratings from all judges at Region.  They then competed at the Area C Marching Contest at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches on October 29 alongside 25 other qualifying bands from five regions.

“Our area extends from the Red River to the Gulf Coast, basically the whole east side of the state,” said NLHS Head Band Director Randy Jones. 

After their preliminary performance at 12:45 p.m., the NL Marching Band was ranked first overall and advanced to the finals competition that night. 

“We were very proud of our students’ preliminary performance, but there were many great bands there and knew we had to have another great run in finals to advance to State,” said Jason R. Smith, Associate Band Director.  

Performing at 9:15 p.m. in Homer Bryce Stadium under the lights, the marching band had one of its best performances of the year. 

“After we performed, you could hear the crowd.  It was a beautiful performance,” said Roderick Boyce, Associate Band Director. 

Smith said, “The final scores were tallied from the five judges, and North Lamar was ranked first again after finals and advanced to state for the fifth consecutive time.”  

“The students and parents have invested so much into this organization. It is humbling to be part of it and well deserved,” said NLHS Colorguard instructor Cristian Gomez.  “I am really excited for these students to get to perform in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.”

The North Lamar High School Marching Band will be competing in at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio on November 7th.  Their preliminary performance is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and finals will begin at 6:00 p.m.