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Bands fare well at contest

WINNING ENSEMBLE – The Levelland Marching Band earned three 1s in the regional marching band contest held this past Saturday at Lowrey Field in Lubbock. Their performance of ‘A Night at the Opera’ qualified them to compete at the area competition this coming weekend. Band director Chris Holmes praised the students for their hard work and sharp performance. (Staff Photo)

The Levelland Marching Band now advances to the area competition after a stellar performance Saturday in Lubbock.

The 4A band earned three 1s – the highest scores possible – at the Region 16 North Zone Marching Contest at Lowrey Field.

Bands from Estacado and Seminole high schools were the other 4A competitors.

‘I was really excited that we were able to pull it together,’ said principal director Chris Holmes.

Ninety students performed ‘A Night at the Opera,’ which included excerpts from operas by Rossini, Bizet and Mozart.

The young musicians worked hard in preparation for the competition, Holmes said.

‘They worked so hard the last few weeks,’ he said. ‘I know  it paid off with the judges.’

The presentation also included three banners with scenes.

Caleb Johnson and Danae Race were the drum majors for the production.

Assistant band directors Joshua Tavana, Kathy Roe and Elizabeth Johnson also helped make the competition a success.

Holmes said the band has a chance to advance to the state level.

‘If we do some cleaning, we have a chance,’ he said. ‘We’ll push and push.’

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