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On October 27th, the North Lamar High School Marching Band competed in the UIL Area C marching contest to fill one of four qualifying spots for the State Marching Contest November 5th. Over twenty bands from five regions earned spots at the Area contest held in Nacogdoches on Lumber Jack Field at Stephen F. Austin University.
The NLHS Band was ranked first after Prelims receiving first place honors from four of the five judges. Then in finals took first place again out of the ten bands that were selected to perform in finals that night.
“The students were beaming ear to ear after their performance in finals,” said assistant director Jason R. Smith.
The State Marching Contest for class 3A will be Monday, November 5th in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. Twenty-one bands from the five Areas of the State have qualified to compete. This marks the third time North Lamar has qualified. North Lamar’s performance will be at 1:15 p.m.
“They have really worked hard this year, and we are looking forward to competing in the State Marching Contest next week in San Antonio,” said Randy Jones Director of Bands for North Lamar.
This year’s winning competitions began on October 6th with the NLHS Marching Band competing in the Golden Triangle Marching Contest at Denton, Texas. Competing with over twenty-five other bands, the band earned first place in their class and was selected as one of the ten best bands of the day to compete in finals that night.
“We were the smallest band selected to compete in finals, and the students were excited to be competing with some of the best 4A and 5A marching bands in the state,” said Director Randy Jones.
Then, on October 13 in Little Elm, Texas, the band competed in the “Classic on the Lake” Marching Contest. The band finished second in their Class to defending state champions Argyle and was one of the top ten bands selected to compete in finals that night. The NLHS Band finished eighth overall with their music and marching scores ranking in the top five.
“We earned some scores from the judges that confirmed we were heading in a great direction. We scored as high as some of the bands that were state finalist last year in Class 4A. We were very proud of the work our students were doing,” said Jones.
Another superior performance for the NLHS Marching Band came when they competed at the Region 4 UIL Marching Contest held in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on Tuesday October 16. There they earned all Superior Ratings from the three judges. This performance qualified the band to compete at the Area UIL Marching Contest in Nacogdoches, Texas.
North Lamar’s Drum Line competed in the North Texas Drum Line Contest held in McKinney at the Ron Poe Stadium. Over twenty drum lines from the Dallas – Fort Worth area came to compete. North Lamar performed their parts of the marching show entitled “Distant Shores” and placed sixth in class and ninth overall.
“The competition was very good this year,” said Percussion Instructor Ron Williams. “We were competing mainly against 4A and 5A schools, and the students did very well. I am extremely proud of their performance and work this year.”