The North Lamar Panther Band finished the UIL State Marching Band contest by taking home the Bronze Medal shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The band performed at 11:15 a.m. earlier in the day and placed among the top ten teams that would move to the finals for the evening. Following the first performance, Band Director Randy Jones said it was one of their best performances to date.

Many teachers, parents, family and friend supporters followed the students to the Alamodome in San Antonio with hopes that they would be taking home the state title.

The Panther band prepared for the second performance and took the field again at 8:45 p.m. as the second to last performance of the night. As winners were announced the students and band fans held their breath in hope. The Panther band received the Bronze Medal, placing third at the state competition.

“We are very proud of our students’ performances at the UIL State Marching Band Championships,” said North Lamar Associate Band Director Jason R. Smith. “More than 160 bands in Class 4A began the competition season and to finish third is a testament to their hard work and diligence throughout the season. We had so many people in our community, school and parents that supported us, and without their love and support we couldn’t achieve the level we did.”

The band had obvious hopes of placing first at the competition, however, parents and band fans were still cheering them on as they were titled among the top three 4A bands in the entire state of Texas.

“UIL uses two different judging panels for prelims and finals, and the scores in prelims and in finals showed it was pretty much agreed on Canton, who finished first, Argyle, who finished second, and us had separated ourselves from everyone else, and it was just judge’s preference for the medals,” said Smith.  “The scores were very tight between those three schools. It is great to be in that position and see the admiration for our students’ hard work and performances.”

“Randy Jones, Cristian Gomez, Justin Caldwell, Roderick Boyce, Gina Ervin and I want to thank the parents, our school administration, the North Lamar School Board, athletic department, the Paris Band and athletic department, and the entire community that has shown support for both the Paris High School Band and North Lamar High School Band in this journey. We have some of the best kids in the state here in Lamar County.”

The band will now switch gears to focus on the NLHS Beta Veterans Day Program on Monday, Nov. 12.  Many of the members are also performing in the NLHS Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof on November 15 – 17 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  Reserved and general admission tickets may be purchased by calling 903.737.2003 x 1030 or by emailing Terry Price at

Veterans and active members of the military are invited for a breakfast reception beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday in the library.  At 9:00 activities will move to the high school gym where guest speakers Marine Corps Veteran Richard K. McIntire Jr. and Major Branden Felker will address veterans, active military personnel, and the community.   The NLHS Band and Choir will be performing a number of patriotic selections, and members of the Beta Club will pin veterans and members of the military in a pinning ceremony.  The public is invited to attend.

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