Tarrant County will be represented by Haltom, Keller and Kennedale high schools at the UIL State Marching Band contest in San Antonio.
Haltom and Keller will challenge for the Class 6A state title; Kennedale competes in Class 4A.
Area contests were held throughout the state Saturday with the top teams moving on to state, which is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at the San Antonio Alamodome.
Other North Texas bands advancing in Class 4A include defending state champion Argyle and Springtown.
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Three Lewisville district schools advanced in Class 6A, including four-time defending state champion Flower Mound Marcus, Flower Mound High and Lewisville Hebron. Perennial power L.D. Bell High School was chosen as an alternate in Class 6A from the Area contest at Pennington Field in Bedford.
Keller will be making its fifth appearance in state.
“With so many great band programs here, we’re extremely honored to be representing this group at state,” said Frank Chapple, an assistant band director at Keller. “We know it could have been any of these groups.”
Keller bested seven other schools at the contest held at Chisholm Trail High School in Fort Worth. Three other Keller school district bands — Central, Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek— made it to the finals but did not advance.
Chapple said Keller will follow up its “best show of the year” with a normal week of rehearsal to “fix the little things here and there.”
Chapple said the band had its best showing in the 2012 contest — the last time Class 6A bands could advance — finishing 11th.
“We’d love to build on that,” he said. “We’re very pleased, very proud of them.”
Because the UIL alternates its bands that can qualify for state yearly, Class 5A and 3A bands will compete at state next year.
The Class 4A state competition will be Nov. 3, and Class 6A will be Nov. 4.