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March to state: Aledo, Birdville, Richland and Southwest bands chase title

Band director Jeff DeMaagd directs practice as he gets the Southwest High School Band ready for the state band competition in San Antonio.
Band director Jeff DeMaagd directs practice as he gets the Southwest High School Band ready for the state band competition in San Antonio. rmallison@star-telegram.com

The Southwest High School marching band has high hopes going into Wednesday’s UIL Class 5A State Marching Band contest in San Antonio.

Southwest will be among four Class 5A bands from Tarrant County competing in the contest that Raider band director Jeff DeMaggd calls “the best of the best in the state of Texas.”

Bands from Aledo, Birdville and Richland high schools will also be competing Wednesday at the UIL contest at San Antonio’s Alamodome. The bands advanced after area-level competitions in late October.

Preliminary rounds are Wednesday morning and the finals are that night, when the top 10 bands will march off for the state title.

Southwest will be performing a piece that includes music from the movie “The Theory of Everything” and the song “Gravity,” by Sara Bareilles.

The Southwest band has been practicing and is geared up for the trip, DeMaagd said.

“It’s ultra-creative. Ultra-competitive,” DeMaagd said.

This is the Southwest’s fourth trip to state competition; the last was in 2015 when the Raiders finished eighth.

Richland’s band director Jason Bird said this will mark seventh time they have advanced to state. They won the state title in 2003.

Richland band
Richland’s pit crew performs during the UIL Area F 5A Marching contest at Birdville Fine Arts and Activity Center on Oct. 28. Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram

“The band is super-excited and humbled to represent Richland High School and DFW for the state marching contest,” Bird said.

The Richland marching band’s show title is “Danzón Sketches.”

Birdville High School’s marching band is going to state for the third time.

Aledo is going for the sixth time.

UIL state marching schedule

The state marching contests for Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 5A are Monday-Wednesday at the San Antonio Alamodome. Class 4A and 6A will compete at state next year.

Class 5A competition begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, with 35 bands competing.

Birdville performs at 9 a.m., Aledo at noon, Richland at 3:45 p.m. and Southwest at 4:15 p.m.

The finals begin at 7:45 p.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for 10:30 p.m.

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

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