NHS band marching on to state

NHS band marching on to state
Posted on 10/22/2021
NHS band marching on to state

Nacogdoches High School’s Golden Dragon Marching Band will move on to the UIL Military Marching Band State Championship next week at Pine Tree High School in Longview.

The NHS band earned another First Division rating on Oct. 16 at the Region 21 contest, receiving 1s from all three judges. This is the band’s 41st top rating since 1980. The Golden Dragons were one of seven Class 5A bands marching that took part in the regional contest.

“Once more, our band students performed at a top level at contest and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” said NHS Band Director Jacob Weems. “The last two years have been difficult for everyone, and our students and directors have answered the call every time.”

At the UIL meet on Wednesday, the NHS band will march at 1:30 p.m. Five finalists will be selected from the 11 Class 5A and 6A bands that are participating in the contest for performances that begin at 8:30 p.m. that evening. The state champion will be selected from that group.

This is the second year for the UIL Military Marching Band State Championship. Previously, military marching bands – like Nacogdoches High School, most are found in East Texas or Southeast Texas – competed with corps style marching bands at the state competition in San Antonio. Because of differences in show design between the two styles, the UIL carved out a separate contest in partnership with the National Association of Military Marching Bands. 

This is Nacogdoches High School’s first year to compete in the UIL military marching contest.

“We are so excited for this opportunity,” said Weems, an NHS graduate and former member of the Dragon band. “I know that our students will go to Pine Tree next week and put on an outstanding performance.”

Pine Tree’s Pirate Stadium is located at 3737 W. Loop 281 in Longview.

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