Argyle marching band wins third Class 3A title

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It’s a three-peat for the Argyle Eagle Marching Band.

On Monday night, the band clinched its third straight Class 3A title at the UIL State Marching Band Contest at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

This is the band’s fifth title since 2003 — the group has two Class 2A titles, earned in 2003 and 2005, and now three Class 3A championships.

The band competes for the University Interscholastic League state championship every two years.

Finishing in second and third place at Monday’s contest in San Antonio were Fredericksburg and Burnet high schools.

Many might say the Argyle marching band is creating a dynasty, but band director Kathy Johnson said she wouldn’t consider it as such.

“A lot of people have said that, but that’s not something we’ve really thought about,” she said by phone Monday night. “It’s more of a legacy.”

Former band members laid the foundation, and band members over the years have built on that, she said.

What the group accomplished in earning its third straight state title comes with a great sense of relief, excitement and accomplishment, Johnson said.

“It was a very nerve-wracking experience in a way because you have to go back and defend something that’s very precious in the community,” she said. “It was a big deal.

“We knew that it wasn’t just going to be handed to us. We knew we had to work for it and earn it.”

And they did just that.

The band took the field for preliminary qualifiers at noon Monday, and when results were announced later that afternoon of the bands advancing to finals competition, Argyle was in first place.

Defending a title is a cool feeling, said drum major Randi Martin, because the work being put in is for those former band members who also worked hard and it’s building a foundation for future band students.

Winning a third straight title is something that just can’t be put into words, said Lindsey Johnson, another drum major.

“That doesn’t happen to very many people,” she said.

The notion that the 124-member band is family was its motivation, Martin said. It was an honor to march alongside the group, she said.

“I felt like everyone put their heart into both shows [preliminary and finals],” Martin said. “Everyone went out and performed their best.

“I admire them. They put everything out there on the field.”

Cameron Schafer, also a drum major, said this year’s band was made up of a dedicated and amazing group of individuals who worked hard.

Kathy Johnson said she’s proud of her students’ accomplishment.

“They rose to the occasion and put on two very fine shows today,” she said. “I’m very proud of them. They’re my heroes.”

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com.


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