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Argyle High band puts talent to test

North Texas football stadiums are busy places on Thursday and Friday nights at this time of year because that’s typically when high school football games are played.

But a lot of folks in the stands are out to enjoy more than just the game — many of the youngsters involved in the proceedings never put on a football uniform, but they do participate in drill team, cheerleading and band.

In fact, the halftime shows at area schools are just as much of a tradition as some of the rivalries that keep football fans on the edge of their seats.

Watching the cheerleaders and drill teams go through their routines and getting to see the intricate maneuvers that band members perform is always a highlight. It’s these kids’ opportunity to shine, and many of them are as good as any high school kids you’ll find anywhere in the nation.

If you’re a fan of those so-called “reality” television shows that feature song and dance and are so popular these days, take our advice and check out a halftime show at one of the many football stadiums in our area. We think you’ll find a lot of talent to appreciate.

Take the Argyle High School Eagle Marching Band, for example. These young marching musicians are the defending Class 3A champions, and they’ve advanced to the University Interscholastic League State Marching Band Contest once against this year.

The group was one of four bands that advanced to the state finals from the recent area finals at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton. Argyle finished the contest first in both preliminary and finals competition.

Finishing at the top is something of a tradition for the Argyle band. This is the fourth straight time the group has qualified and advanced to the Class 3A state finals.

The band has earned four state titles since 2003 — two each in Class 2A and Class 3A.

That’s an impressive record, and we wish them all the best as they return to the state competition, which will be held at San Antonio’s Alamodome. The UIL State Marching Band Contest for Classes 3A and 5A will take place Monday and Tuesday, and Argyle will face off against 20 other bands for the 3A title Monday.

The band’s return to state-level competition is a little more impressive than usual this time around — band director Kathy Johnson said this year’s band members are young, with freshmen and sophomores comprising two-thirds of the band.

Having such young talent bodes well for the future, and we know we can count on the Argyle band to continue its winning tradition.

For now, though, the band looks to repeat the successes from the 2010 contest. Argyle has an opportunity to compete for the 3A state championship every two years.

We know the 124 members of the Eagle band will make the most of this opportunity by doing their best.

We’re proud of each of you.