Argyle, Kennedale, Springtown high school bands place in the final 10

The Kennedale band performs at UIL state band contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio Monday.
The Kennedale band performs at UIL state band contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio Monday. Gia Bowens

The Argyle Eagle Marching Band earned second place at the UIL Class 4A state marching contest Monday.

The Eagle Band was among three North Texas marching bands that advanced to the final round of competition during the UIL Class 4A state contest at San Antonio’s Alamodome. Kennedale and Springtown were also among the final 10 bands to seek for the state title. Kennedale came in eighth while Springtown came in ninth place, according to results posted on the UIL website.

The three Tarrant-area bands and seven other finalists were announced at about 3:45 p.m. Monday. The final round was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m, with an awards ceremony set for 9:15 p.m.

The UIL Class 6A marching band competition kicks off today with a preliminary round. Keller and L.D. Bell high schools are competing in this event also at the Alamodome.

Twenty-three Class 4A marching bands competed in the preliminary round Monday morning.

The 122-member Argyle band was the state’s defending champion. The Eagles won the Class 4A title in 2014 and have held a state title for the past eight years. Their program this year is “iGeneration,” which touches on how technology is part of everyday life now and where it may be headed.​

Band director Kathy Johnson said the band was excited to advance.

The Kennedale band, meanwhile, was hoping to improve on a fifth-place finish at state in 2014. Their program is called “Duality.”

“Once again the Kennedale Wildcat Band continues its tradition of excellence” in securing a place in the finals, said Benjamin Robertson, president of the Kennedale Band Boosters and father of two Wildcat band members.

Four area marching bands performed during the preliminary round.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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