The North Lamar High School Marching Band qualified for the 2016 UIL State Marching Band Contest held in San Antonio atthe Alamo Dome on Monday, November 7, 2016. After earning Superior ratings at Regionals and placing first at Area, North Lamar was among 22 other Class 4A bands out of 170 who advanced to the state preliminary round on Monday. After completing that round, North Lamar was ranked first overall.
“We were very pleased with the performance, and the students loved getting to perform in the dome. It was very exciting!” - NLHS Band Director Randy Jones.
After a quick bite to eat, the top 10 bands were back on the field competing in the final round for the state title. The band had a stellar performance in the finals and after a pageantry of massing, all 10 bands on the field gathered for the announcement of medalist. North Lamar was awarded the first place gold medal and title of State Champion in Class 4A.
"We were all in tears and shock that we actually won when they announced it,” said NL Associate Band Director Jason R.Smith. “The students have worked so hard for this, and the support of the parents, teachers, administration, and community have all contributed to this achievement.”
This was the band’s fifth time to qualify for the state marching contest with the last four times qualifying for finals. In 2010, North Lamar finished second followed by fifth place in 2012, second again in 2014, and finally first in 2016.
Final rankings were first place North Lamar HS, second place Argyle High School, and third place Princeton High School.
"We are all just so proud and happy for the students. They haveworked their tails off for this. They are some of the best students you could ever be around,” concluded NL Associate Band Director Roderick Boyce.