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Azle marching band overcomes technical glitch, nails regional contest

Area bound


AZLE — Consider the first test passed.

On Oct. 10, the Marching Green Pride excelled at the Region 30 UIL marching contest at Ranger Stadium at Chisholm Trail High School. The event serves as the first step to select bands for the state marching band contest in early November.

The Marching Green Pride earned a first division rating from all three judges at the regional event.

“We thought we had a pretty good performance, but the students almost always come away feeling like they could have done better,” said band director Aaron Martin.

The band overcame a technology issue that caused their wireless microphones to malfunction, and the problem isn’t expected to happen again.

Earning first division qualifies the band for the Area F contest on Oct. 28 at the Birdville ISD stadium.

Martin described the band members as “energized, and hungry” while preparing for the area contest.

“This season is shaping up to be a special one,” Martin said. “The kids are engaged and working to get better every day. It is a lot of fun right now. This process of making things perfect, one moment at a time, is really rewarding, and the kids can see a difference at every rehearsal.”

About 25 marching bands will compete at the area contest on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Birdville ISD Stadium. The top teams will advance to the state marching contest in November at the Alamodome in San Antonio.