Sundown came close – very close.
The Sundown Marching Band earned a No. 2 spot Monday in the state 2A Marching Band Contest in San Antonio.
The ensemble, led by Band Director Mike Glaze, had a composite score of 15 points while the New Deal band clinched the state title with 12 points.
Five judges gave the 174-member Sundown band the following points: 4, 2, 4, 1 and 4.
Sundown and New Deal went neck-to-neck in recent marching competitions leading up to the state contest.
New Deal beat Sundown in one competition one week, with Sundown winning first place in another contest.