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Lobo band continues 63 years of perfect competition record

From Staff Reports
Oct. 23, 2012 at 1:49 a.m.


The Longview High School Lobo Band on Saturday earned a first division rating from the entire judging panel to bring home its 63rd consecutive "superior" University Interscholastic League marching contest rating.

With the top honor, the Big Green Marching Machine maintains the state record for consecutive superior ratings in a state contest, according to Director Louis Robinett.

"Not too many other bands have that kind of record," he said.

The competition included 40 bands.

The Longview High School Lobo Band specializes in military-style marching that has distinguished them from other bands and has been a local tradition for more than 80 years. The 2012-13 band has 144 members.

In addition to the group events Longview High School band members competed in, they also compete at UIL Solo and Ensemble Contests and also audition for The Texas Music Educators region, area and state bands.

David Landry and Grant Woodson also direct the Longview High School Lobo Band. Adam Myers assists as a woodwind specialist.

Other area high schools earning first division ratings from the entire judging panel included Carthage, Henderson, Tatum and West Rusk. Taking home top ratings from two of the three judges were high schools from Hallsville and Teneha.

Competing in Mt. Pleasant, the Pine Tree High School band also received a superior rating in competition this past weekend. The Pride's performance at UIL Marching Contest at Mount Pleasant earned them a perfect No. 1 rating. Music selections include: Symphonic Overture Fanfare, Attorney General March, Hoe Down and Les Preludes.

"The judges were very impressed by our band," said Director of Bands, Mark Melton. "This is the second year for the PT band to make all first division (superior) ratings from all judges."

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