The Pride of Lamar marched their way into finals for the first time in four years, and received 4th place at competition on Oct. 12.
The Region Five UIL Marching Evaluation took place at Pennington Field. Students, directors and band supporters all celebrated in the excitement.
“I felt really good about the students’ performance,” Band director Alan Lang said. ”The students are very confident and composed with the way they performed, which means they put in the hard work.”
Band students showed off their preparation with a successful performance, Lang said.
“By giving their best, and some of that takes a long time, but it all comes with preparation and other things [such as] sleeping enough, taking care of yourself and being mentally and physically prepared to do well,” Lang said.
Band students were shocked and relieved to hear that they received placement in the finals after the last four years.
“I was excited. It was like our first time in four years we went into finals,” band student Leonardo Huayek said. “This was my first time experiencing this in all my years being in the band.”
The fans in the stands also shared in the excitement on Oct. 12.
“The band felt as if their hard work paid off, not only because of the placement they received in the finals, it was the highlight from the audience when they would cheer for the students,” Lang said.