Longhorn Band marches to eighth in state prelims

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POLISHING their performance in advance of their appearance just a few days away in the UIL State Marching Band Competition in the Alamodome are Harper High School musicians (from left) Hunter Haynes, Wyatt Foster, Kristen Harper and Rebekah Lester during Friday night’s 49-7 Longhorn Homecoming win over Center Point. The band went on to take eighth out of 17 Class 1A bands in the state contest Monday, Nov. 4. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Leaving it all on the field, the Harper High School Marching Band competed as one of Texas’ most elite Class 1A ensembles Monday, Nov. 4, during the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Marching Band Competition.

Going toe-to-note against 16 other Class 1A bands in the preliminaries Monday morning in San Antonio’s Alamodome, Harper’s student musicians earned an eighth place, just missing out — by a single point — on being one of the seven groups to advance to the finals that evening.

Finishing as the 2013 Class A winner was the band from Shiner High School.

Harper’s contest outing was one to be proud of, according to Harper High School Band Director Charles Sander.

“The performance was our best of the year,” he said, adding the students made Harper’s 10th appearance on the state contest field a memorable one.

“They went out there and did their job to the fullest,” he said.

“It is always amazing watching their faces” as they march out and the tunnel opens up onto the Alamodome’s field, Sander said. “There is nothing like performing in front of that many people in such a great place.”

“State marching contest is always a goal” for the Harper group, but it is “always bittersweet, no matter the results, for the juniors and seniors since they can only advance every other year (and this is their last contest,)” Sander said.

“Now, the thoughts of state turn to the freshman and sophomore classes for their final chance,” he said.

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