Bell’s Blue Raider Band has been a perennial favorite in the competition, taking home gold medals in 2000 and 2002, and silver medals in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. According to Van Mathews, L.D. Bell band director, 238 schools from across the state entered the UIL 6A marching band competition.
“The kids were great,” Mathews said. “They worked at this a little more than three months and they were able to accomplish the long-term goals that we set out at the beginning of the year.
“It’s a major successful event for our school and for our community,” Mathews said. “Hurst, Euless and Bedford have been band towns from the beginning and we get a lot of support.”
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This was Keller’s second consecutive trip to state.
Flower Mound High School took the gold medal in this year’s competition, with the silver going to Lewisville Hebron High School and the bronze to Marcus High School, which is also in Flower Mound.
In the Class 4A contest on Monday, Argyle High finished second, Kennedale came in eighth and Springtown ninth.