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It’s prime time for high school marching bands in Texas

UIL Region 5 marching band competition

Local high school marching bands compete at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield in 2016.
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Local high school marching bands compete at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield in 2016.

Eleven area high school marching bands played their hearts out Tuesday, as the annual competition season gets underway.

This year, marching bands from 1A, 2A, 3A and 5A high schools face off in University Interscholastic League competitions, with the hope of making it to state next month at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The regional competitions mark the beginning of marching band season in Texas.

Several regional contests took place Tuesday afternoon and evening.

A regional event at Pennington Field in Bedford included bands from Birdville, Carroll, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Birdville and Grapevine-Colleyville school districts. Arlington, Fort Worth and Mansfield high school marching bands competed at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield.

Aledo, Keller and Eagle Mountain Saginaw high schools competed at Chisholm Trail High School in Fort Worth.

On Saturday, Northwest, Argyle and Decatur schools compete at regional level at the Northwest school district stadium in Justin.

Most area-level competitions are planned for Oct. 28. The state competitions are scheduled for Nov. 6-8 at the Alamodome.

Castleberry high school marching band practices each morning at 7:00 a.m. as they prepare for state competition in San Antonio later this month. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram)

Diane A. Smith: 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1

Sandra J. Engelland: 817-390-7323, @SandraEngelland

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