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NLHS Marching Band Finishes Season with Superior Rating

School NewsGreg Higgins

The North Lamar High School Marching Band has had another incredible season including finishing with a 1st Division (Superior) rating at area.

“We are extremely proud of the progress our students have made so far this school year and all the hard work they have put in it,” said NLHS Band Director Randy Jones. 

The band began its competitive marching season on October 3 in Denton at the U.S. Bands Contest.  Surrounded by some of the best 5A and 6A bands in the state, the NLHS Marching Band held their own and finished ninth. 

“The judging was done by some of the top marching instructors in the country.  It was an honor to perform for them and visit with them about our show,” said Associate Band Director Jason R. Smith.  The band then competed the following weekend (October 10th) at the Little Elm Classic on the Lake Marching Contest. 

“Our students really enjoying seeing the big schools and competing with them.  As a staff, we like to push ourselves as well by seeing what the best bands in 5A and 6A are doing and bringing it back to our program,” said Jones on their sixth place finish at Little Elm. “The bands are grouped together by band size not school size, so we ended up competing against the Frisco schools, Grapevines, and J.J. Pierce size schools.  It is tough!”

The band represented North Lamar well placing sixth amongst several state contenders from the 6A and 5A ranks continuing to solidify its reputation as one of the best bands in class 4A in the state.

“We were very proud of the color guard and percussion at this contest. They both ranked third after their finals performance,” said Donna Smith, color guard instructor.

The band finished its competition season Tuesday, October 13 at the Region 4 UIL Marching Contest earning Superior (1st Division) from all three judges.

“We received a lot of compliments from judges and spectators yesterday, and it is humbling when you step back and think about all the hard work these students do,” said Associate Band Director Roderick Boyce.   

The band is now preparing for a Halloween show at the Liberty-Eylau game and will be doing a combined show with the Paris Blue Blazes Band for the North Lamar vs. Paris game on November 6.