LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Provided by LISD
Lubbock High School was one of five bands selected to advance to state from the 5-A UIL Area Marching Contest, which took place in Odessa over the weekend.
This is the first appearance of a Lubbock ISD marching band to the state contest in 33 years, with the advent of the modern state marching band contest structure. The Coronado High School band made the finals in the 2017 Area Marching Contest, but did not advance to the state contest.
"It's actually surreal. It's a dream come true. It's such a wonderful feeling I've thought about this for such a long time all of my high school career and it's such an honor to be going," said Senior Drum Major, Maggie Hess.
"Knowing that we get to go to state is honestly very surreal. Playing in the Alamodome and competing with these bands that you watch on YouTube and you hear your directors talk about it's sort of walking amongst the gods so to speak," said Senior Drum Captain, Toby Filip.
They have put in long amounts of time and tons of dedication to make it this far.
"We started last year working harder than they ever have before," said Band Director, James Snider.
"Someone said about 400 hours. Plus, outside work like practicing and stuff like that and then dedication for every hour minute second," said Hess.
Lubbock High is very excited and has lots of support, but like an big competition they are a little nervous.
"I think we're all scared because we know it's something nobody has done in a long time but I think we all know we can do it, we proved it we get to go. Only 35 bands in the entire state get to go so I think we're ready to show what Lubbock High can do," said Filip.
"And as a district we could not be of the success we're having all over the district and this year to really celebrate the opportunity for Lubbock High School to represent Lubbock at the state marching competition," said Lubbock ISD Director of Fine Arts, Christopher Anderson.
"Go westerners! We're going to state!" said Hess.
Lubbock High will perform in the 5A Preliminary Round at 1:15 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Wednesday, November 8. For those bands qualifying, the final round will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Alamodome Box Office or through Ticketmaster.
Other schools on the South Plains that will be attending state are Ropes, Whiteface, Springlake-Earth, Sundown, and New Deal.