San Antonio high school bands make final top 10 in national contest

The Reagan High School marching band performs in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The national championships were held Nov. 11-13. (Courtesy North East ISD)
The Reagan High School marching band performs in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The national championships were held Nov. 11-13. (Courtesy North East ISD)

The Reagan High School marching band performs in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The national championships were held Nov. 11-13. (Courtesy North East ISD)

Bands from Johnson and Reagan high schools ended up among the top 10 performing groups in the finals of the Bands of America Grand National Championships, according to a news release.

Forty-nine marching bands from across the nation advanced through local, state and regional competitions to the grand national championships, which were held Nov. 11 to 13 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The top 12 scoring bands from the semifinals advanced to the finals on Nov. 13. The Johnson band scored a total of 92.7 points with judges to finish seventh overall, according to the event website.

The Reagan band received a total of 91.4 points from judges to finish in ninth place overall. The Broken Arrow High School band from Oklahoma was awarded the overall championship with 98.25 points.

Both of the Johnson and Reagan bands placed in the top 10 of the Texas Class 6A state marching contest following the finals in that event Nov. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.



Reagan finished in sixth place, and Johnson placed eighth, according to a news release from North East ISD.

"These students have spent countless hours since the summer memorizing their music, cleaning the formations, and adding exciting changes to the productions," Philip Flynn, NEISD’s fine arts director of music, said in the release.

By Edmond Ortiz
Edmond joined Community Impact as a reporter in August 2021, helping to launch new editions in the San Antonio market. Edmond covers various beats in the North San Antonio coverage area. He previously was the main reporter for Local Community News, covering several areas in and around San Antonio, first as a freelancer and then staff member. Prior to that, Edmond was a community news reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the San Antonio Express-News, including editing two community weeklies. He's a San Antonio native, and studied mass communications at San Antonio College and Texas State University.