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Highlander Band makes history, ranks 10th at State

The Highlander Band advanced to the finals during Wednesday's UIL 5A State Marching Band Contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio and finished the marching season ranked tenth overall out of 250 5A bands in Texas. This historic achievement marks the Highlander Band's first-ever trip to the state marching contest and served as a fitting finish to the band's most winning season in history.
 
"As I had the opportunity to witness the Highlander Band's performance at State this year, I was humbly proud of what the students, directors, and parents were able to accomplish," HPHS Principal Walter Kelly said. "The last seven years have been a wonderful journey, and their State Finals performance was a great point on this journey. When the band received a standing ovation at our pep rally, it showed our students' respect and understanding of the hard work that it took for the band to reach this level of excellence. Congratulations, Highlander Band!"

The 140-member Highlander Band was one of the smallest to compete in the state contest and was by far the smallest band to advance to finals competition.