Boerne tops all in Hill Country Marching Festival


FHS SAXOPHONISTS, from left, James Drury, Juan Maldonado, John Adam Castaneda and Danielle Trinkle perform their routine in breezy weather Saturday at FHS Stadium. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Boerne High School finished as grand champion in the Hill Country Marching Festival, held at Fredericksburg High School Stadium on Saturday.

FHS Band Director John Rauschuber said crowds supported “a great festival,” which wrapped up with an exhibition-only performance by the Pride of the Texas Hill Country, the FHS Band, at 6:30 p.m.

Boerne, a Class 3A school, scored an 89.5 to top the 15 marching band entries ranging from Class A through Class 4A. Rounding out the top five and scores were: 2nd, Class A San Saba, 81.8; 3rd, Class 3A Hondo, 79.4; 4th, Class 2A Blanco, 75.8; and 5th, Class A Harper, 73.6.

The Harper Longhorn Band performed “A Bridge to the Future,” by Barry Hurt, featuring “Breaking Ground, High Steel Blues, Cement Mixer, Percussion Feature, America the Beautiful and Git ’R Done.”

Directors are Charles Sander and Joseph Allen. HHS drum major is Misty Rieger, and Jaida Brown was featured on a saxophone solo.

The band’s choreography had a construction theme, complete with traffic signs and orange cones.

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