Marching bands from Troup and Arp Independent School Districts both advanced from Region 21 to Area competition. Of the Class 3A bands that vied for a place in the finals, only 10 would find a spot. Of those ten, four bands were certified to advance to State competition Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.
Arp and Troup were slated to march at the Area contest in back-to-back performances beginning at 10:30 a.m. The sun was shining, but the wind was blustering. Both bands performed, facing the same conditions, and then awaited results which would not follow until all 18 competitors in the 3A division had completed their shows.
The last year Troup appeared at Area contest was in 2005, according to band director Robert Castillo.
Following their advancement from Region 21, Castillo commented that the band “continued working on our marching fundamentals, as well as refining some of our music trouble spots.”
Of the current contest, Castillo said, “We are hoping for our best performance, everything else will take care of itself.” He also stated “our students are incredibly excited to represent Troup ISD.”
Instead of announcing scores, the finalists were made known by the listing of schools with a time for competing in the evening’s finals. Troup did not make the finals, finishing 13th overall. Arp was given a time for the finals, and assigned to march at 10:30 p.m., the last slot of the night. As AISD Superintendent Dwight Thomas stated, “it made for a really long day.”
Only four bands were selected for State competition. They are Mineola, Queen City, New Diana and New Boston. While Arp’s band will not be marching to State, Thomas said, “They did a great job” and “we are super proud of them.”