One look at the rankings and it's easy to say that Hebron High School marching band had a pretty good week.
Hebron placed fourth Tuesday at the Class 6A UIL State Marching Band Contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Hebron scored 20 points, finishing behind Vista Ridge, which scored nine points, Flower Mound (11) and Vandegrift (16) high schools.
This comes just three days after Hebron placed third at the Bands of America (BOA) Super Regionals on Saturday. Hebron scored 96.05 points at that event, trailing first-place Flower Mound (96.6) and Ronald Reagan (96.4).
But Band Director Andrew Sealy already knows Hebron had a good week, and he doesn't even have to look at the standings.
“Placement isn't as critical as how you feel about your performance,” Sealy said. “This is the culmination of our season, so it's about how they feel they did. We don't have any control over the placement.”
So how does the band feel it performed?
“Our kids had the best run of the whole season, which is what we wanted,” Sealy said. “We're pleased with our performance. The rankings are what they are. You just turn it over to the panelists, and they're going to like some things and not like some things.”
Hebron's performance was called “Endeavor.” It featured custom arranged pieces including “Firebird Suite” and “Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinski, along with a more pop feel with “Dancer in the Dark” by Bjork.
“It was about the journey of the marching band season,” Sealy said. “All of the components and processes that you go through in a marching season, and then you come out on the other side of it.”
Sealy said the performance illustrated the timeline of the season through its complex production.
Success isn't new to the Hebron band. Last year it placed second at Super Regionals. In 2016 Hebron placed second at state and fifth at the Super Regionals. In 2015 it placed third in the BOA Grand Nationals. Hebron placed second at state in 2014 and placed second at the BOA Super Regionals in 2013.
In fact, success with Lewisville ISD bands has become common place.
In 2015 and 2016 Flower Mound won the BOA Regional and Super Regional contests. In 2016 it won the Class 6A state title and a state championship. In 2014 and 2017 it placed sixth and fifth, respectively, at the Grand Nationals.
Marcus placed fourth at Grand Nationals last year and fifth in 2013. It placed sixth at the Super Regionals in 2015 and 2016.
Marcus had won state titles from 2006 to 2014 and placed third in 2016.
“It's a great tribute to the music education community we have in LISD,” Sealy said. “Not only in band but also in choir and the orchestra. We have a strong tradition for music based in LISD. We have support from the local administration and the district administration. The kids have a tremendous work ethic, so we have a lot of advantages.”