Flower Mound Marcus wins state marching title (again)

If Flower Mound Marcus High School’s band wasn’t a dynasty before, there is now no doubt.

Marcus won its fifth consecutive Class 6A UIL State Marching Band championship late Tuesday, completing a decade of dominance.

Competing in the San Antonio Alamodome, Marcus finished ahead of Carrollton Hebron and San Antonio Johnson.

Keller High School finished 10th.

North Texas showed its strength at state as six of the 10 finalists were from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Besides Marcus, Hebron and Keller, area bands in the finals included Flower Mound, Duncanville and Coppell high schools.

Haltom High School finished 12th in the preliminaries, two spots out of the finals, among the 37 Class 6A bands competing at state.

Because the University Interscholatic League rotates the band competition among classifciations each year, Marcus can only complete every other year. So while Class 4A and 6A competed at state this year, next year it will be Class 2A, 3A and 5A.

Marcus won previous state titles in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The last 6A band other than Marcus to win state was Hurst L.D. Bell, which won in 2004.

And as much as Marcus is best band in Class 6A, Argyle High School is in a league of its own in Class 4A. Argyle, which like Marcus is in Denton County, won the Class 4A crown for the fourth consecutive time on Monday. Argyle also won Class 2A (now 3A) titles in 2003 and 2005.

Kennedale High School advanced to the finals in Class 4A, finishing fifth. Springtown finished 11th in the preliminary round and just missed the finals.