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      Harlingen High School Marching Band heads to state

      The Harlingen High School Marching Band is preparing to head to the Alamodome in San Antonio to compete in the state marching band competition.

      The Marching Band will face 35 other bands in the quest to win first prize.

      "We just feel very honored to represent everybody, and feel grateful at the same time that the hard work has paid off", said Ronnie Rios, Director of Bands.

      Hard work, dedication, and discipline is something the 200 band members are used to.

      "The students are the main reason why we are so good because they are just so committed to the activity and work so hard each and every day, said Rios.

      Senior tenor saxophone player Adriana Gomez spoke to Action 4 News.

      "We've been out there in the summer, and I have to wake up early and stay up until late at night," Gomez said. "I also have to get my mom to drop me off. It's hard work everybody's sweating and because of that this is where we are."

      The theme of this year TMs show is entitled "Entrapment".

      "The music is symbolizes adventure and escape", said Rios.

      For senior drum major Abigail Barron this marching band show is extra special.

      "I love the music its classical last year we had a metal theme, I also have a flute solo, and I also still get to be Drum Major", Barron told Action 4 News.

      In these final days before the big state competition, band members will continue polishing up their show.

      "We're just absolutely thrilled with this opportunity and hopefully we will seize it", said Rios.

      Performance Information

      The University Interscholastic League state marching band competition is being held on Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

      Organizers said 3A bands are performing on performing on Monday and the 5A bands like Harlingen are peforming on Tuesday.

      The Harlingen Cardinals are expected to perform at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Cardinals are the last 5A band to perform that day.

      Othe Valley Teams

      Five other Rio Grande Valley high schools are also competing in the event.

      The Rio Hondo Bobcats are expected to perform at 9:15 a.m. Monday. They are the second 3A band to perform that day.

      The Port Isabel Tarpons are next to last band to perform that day. The Tarpons are expected to perform at 3:15 p.m. Monday.

      Brownsville's Lopez High School is peforming during the 5A competition at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

      Hanna High School is performing during the 5A competition at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

      The Donna Redskins are expected to perform in the 5A competition at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.

      Tickets are now on sale through TicketMaster or at the gate. Prices range from $12 dollars for students to $17 dollars for adults.

      A two-day pass for adults is available for $28 dollars.