HHS and HHSS Marching Bands off to a great start in competitive season


The Harlingen High School Big Red Cardinal Band and the Harlingen High School South Mighty Hawk Band saw an outstanding start to their contest season as they competed against the best high school bands from across southern Texas at the Texas Dairy Queen Bands of America Regional.

The event, held in McAllen this past Saturday, was well attended by 31 bands from San Antonio, Houston, Laredo, and the entire Rio Grande Valley.

After a heated and rainy day of competition, the Big Red Cardinal Band tied with Claudia Taylor Johnson High School from the Northeast ISD in San Antonio for 1st place in music performance in their respective class and overall. HHS also captured 2nd place in their class, 2nd place overall, and a Division I Rating. The Mighty Hawk Band received 1st Place in music performance in their respective class. Along with their Division I Rating, HHSS also placed 5th in their class and 11th overall.

Finals for the competition were cancelled due to inclement weather; consequently, finals results were calculated based on prelims scores, regardless of class.

Bands of America (BOA) marching band championships are the premier events for marching band in the nation. BOA’s marching band shows offer positively life-changing experiences for the students, teachers and parents, who participate, as well as fans and spectators. These events are held at major stadiums across the nation.

Next for the HHS band is the La Joya and Donna Marching competitions over the next two weekends. The Hawk Band will compete next in the Rio Hondo Marching Festival this Saturday and the following Saturday they will compete at the Pre-Pigskin Marching contest in San Benito. The marching season will culminate on Saturday, October 17 as both bands compete at the 73rd Annual UIL Pigskin Jubilee in San Benito.

The following are the final placements of all 31 high school marching bands participating:

1st – CT Johnson HS-San Antonio

2nd – Harlingen HS

3rd – Wagner HS-San Antonio

4th- O’Connor HS-San Antonio

5th- Hanna HS-Brownsville

6th- Hidalgo HS

7th- Roma HS

8th- Edinburg North HS

9th- Rio Grande City HS

10th- Palmview HS-La Joya

11th- Harlingen South HS

12th- Sharyland HS

13th- United South HS-Laredo

14th- Juarez-Lincoln HS-La Joya

15th- Edinburg HS

16th- PSJA North HS

17th- McAllen Memorial HS

18th- PSJA Memorial HS

19th- Pioneer HS-Sharyland

20th- Rowe HS-McAllen

21st- McAllen HS

22nd- Vela HS-Edinburg

23rd- Mission HS

24th- PSJA HS

25th- PSJA Southwest HS

26th- Santa Rosa HS

27th- Rivera HS-Brownsville

28th- Clear Creek HS-Houston

29th- Valley View HS-Hidalgo

30th- Veterans Memorial HS-Mission

31st- Economedes HS-Edinburg


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