“Pride Of Lindale’’ Band earns top rating for 43rd straight year

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When it comes to sustained excellence, it’s hard to top The Pride of Lindale Marching Band, which has been dominating contests for more than four decades.

Recently, the Lindale High School band earned the highest possible rating for the 43rd straight year after competing in a UIL district contest in Longview during the weekend of Oct. 20-21.

The band will now compete this weekend, Oct. 27-28, at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in the UIL’s Area Contest. Preliminary rounds begin at 11 a.m. and the finals will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Our band program has the reputation of being one of the best band programs in Texas,” said Lindale ISD Superintendent, Stan Surratt. “Earning a 1st Division rating for the 43rd consecutive year certainly strengthens that reputation. I am very proud of our band students and directors as they represent Lindale High School and the Lindale community.”

The Region Contest is judged to a standard as defined by UIL and judges rate on a scale of 1-5. The overall ranking is a composite of all three judges’ ratings. The honorable judges included Dr. Tim Rhea, Director of Bands at Texas A&M and Director of the Fight’n Texas Aggie Marching Band.

Since Lindale Band earned a 1st Division rating, they are automatically qualified to advance to the Area Marching Contest.

“I am extremely proud of the band students,” said Lindale Band Director, Steven Moore. “They have worked extremely hard and that showed in their performance on Saturday. I am looking forward to this next week at Area to see what they can do.”

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