Bel Air Highlanders Set to Represent El Paso at Bands of America Contest Saturday

The first marching competition of the 2018 season starts Saturday, September 22, at the Bands of America West Texas Regional in Midland.

The Bel Air band will be the sole El Paso representative at this contest and will march in the first slot of the competition at 10:15 a.m. at Grande Communications Stadium.

The competition will feature 20 bands, with plenty of familiar names from west Texas, but a few others we don’t often see around here, which makes this contest worth considering. among the interesting bands appearing will be Birdville High School, Timber Creek High School, and Coppel High School.

These bands are all traveling from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and will be joined by lots of bands from the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas.

The contest is a prelims/finals format, and the top 10 highest-scoring bands will compete again in the finals round.

Bel Air will be performing their show ‘Pillars of Life,’ with music arrangments by El Pasoan Adam Castenada and drill by former El Pasoan Ivan De La Cruz. Directors of the Bel Air band include Manny Talamantes, Ben Perez, Luis Ibarra, and Derek Andrade. Flag instructor is Melina Banuelos.

If you cannot travel to see the contest in person, the event will be streaming on the FloMarching site online.

Prelims will go from 10:15 in the morning and the last band will step off at 4:15. Awards are slated for 4:45 and the finalists will be announced at that time.

Finals begin at 7:45, and will also be streamed at the Flomarching site.

If you are driving to Midland to see the bands live, a day pass for both rounds of competition is $27.00, with individual sessions priced at $15.00 for either prelims or finals.


Author – Lorraine Kubala

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