LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) – We all enjoy a halftime group at a soccer game. Well, there was a lot of fun in Longview as about sixty groups of high school students strutted through Pine Tree Stadium over the past two days during the 2021 State Military Marching Championships.
The rules for marching bands and crowds are pretty tight during a state competition of the National Association of Military Marching Bands, according to Lee Branson, director of fine arts at Pine Tree.
âEtiquette is really important. We make sure to close the stands, or the entrance to the stands, to silence cell phones while the groups are competing, âsaid Branson.
This is how performers and judges can focus, and mothers of artists like Jana Coulter.
âOh, this is very important to me and to her for many reasons. One because Mr. Dock worked very hard. He brought these children a long way. They absolutely deserve to be here. The students worked hard three times to get here, and to see our group here in the state is amazing in so many ways, âCoulter said.
I think she could be proud of the Diboll band and her daughter Hannah Jones, a ninth grade clarinetist.
âWe’ve never been to the state before, so we’re making history; since the eighties, the eighties, and our school has really supported me and that kind of makes me proud to be with an organization like them, âJones said.
And the hardest part?
âFor me I think it’s about trying to hit the yard lines exactly, staying in line with everyone and turning really well, but at the same time keeping your breath,â said Jones.
Wow. Just trying to say it would make me breathless. Surprisingly, there were soldiers in the crowd, a few army recruiters, one named Torres who was impressed.
“I love him. These kids are really talented. They’re doing great. But I’m not allowed to talk to you,” Torres said.
Well, he has his marching orders, like almost everyone else.
Pine Tree ISD says that since the stadium is state-of-the-art and Longview is easy to find, competition could return to Pine Tree Stadium next year. It brings several thousand people to cities across the state.
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