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Keller and L.D. Bell bands score high notes at state contest

Amanda Bernardi, left, Julian Buzbee and Aileen Cnho play during the Keller High School marching band performance of “Ascend” during the recent UIL Area B Marching Band Competition at Pennington Field in Bedford. The Keller High School band placed fifth Wednesday in the 2016 UIL Class 6A state marching band contest in San Antonio.
Amanda Bernardi, left, Julian Buzbee and Aileen Cnho play during the Keller High School marching band performance of “Ascend” during the recent UIL Area B Marching Band Competition at Pennington Field in Bedford. The Keller High School band placed fifth Wednesday in the 2016 UIL Class 6A state marching band contest in San Antonio. Special to the Star-Telegram

The Keller High School band placed fifth and the L.D. Bell High School band placed ninth in the UIL Class 6A state marching band contest that ended Wednesday at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

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.”

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.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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