"Then the band directors came up and explained to us what we got (in prelims) and told us they were very proud of us and to do our best in the finals," said Bell's head drum major Morgan McLallen.
"It was really emotional doing your very last performance of the competitive season. Everyone felt that they had done their best. It was just a really good end to the season," said McLallen, a senior who plans to study music education at college next year.The 300-member band from Hurst was among a record 38 Texas high school bands that competed in the University Interscholastic League's state marching contest for Class 5A held Tuesday at the San Antonio Alamodome. See results here.
Bands from North Texas did well at state. The Marcus High School band from Flower Mound won its fourth consecutive championship in Class 5A and Hebron High, another band from Lewisville, took second place. Bell earned the same total score as Austin Bowie High, but Bell took third place based on UIL tie-breaking rules, said Richard Floyd, UIL's music director.
Springtown High School earned the right to advance from the preliminary round to the finals for the first time. The top 10 bands advance to the finals after the preliminary round.
"It was great. We had a blast," said Springtown band director Chris McLellan. "This is our third time in the state marching contest and first time in finals so that was a new experience."