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Area marching band contest set for Saturday at Lobo Stadium

By by Reese Gordon rgordon@news-journal.com
Oct. 16, 2013 at 11 p.m.


More than 40 regional marching bands made up of more than 4,000 students will compete Saturday at Lobo Stadium in a UIL marching contest.

For the second consecutive year, regional Texas Music Educators Association directors chose Longview High School as the contest site.

Big Green Marching Machine Director Louis Robinett said Longview students have practiced daily since July and are eager to receive a first division rating for the 64th consecutive year.

Each of the 43 bands will have 15 minutes to perform, with Beckville High School opening the contest at 9:30 a.m.

The Lobo band will be the last band to perform Saturday when it takes the field at 9:15 p.m.

Robinett said the contest has often been held on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, but scheduling conflicts at the university have forced region directors to find alternative sites.

"Region directors get together in early fall and in the spring and we try to find a central location that is conducive to a really positive experience," he said. "Since we have the school so close to eateries and shopping, the campus is really set up well for the competition."

As for issues created by increased traffic, Robinett said students and parents will help with directing traffic at the school, and he doesn't anticipate any problems.

He said school buses will be unloaded and loaded in the student lots closest to the guard shack.

"The buses are scheduled in 30-minute blocks," he said. " The schools will leave after they get their results. and I wouldn't anticipate much congestion."

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