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It sounds like it was taken straight out of a movie script. The underdogs, fighting their way to finish on top, and the competition is tight with heavy hitters also clawing their way through. But this story has a happy ending for the Little Elm High School Lobo Band. However, it's not really the ending, but only the beginning.
The Lobo Band competed in its first of many competitions of the 2017 school year this past Saturday at the US Bands Competition. It was hosted by Denton Guyer High school at the Denton Collins Stadium where 22 bands from all over north Texas, including one band from Bossier City, Louisiana, competed.
After the preliminary performances, the Lobo Band was in second place in the Open Class 5 division, and in third place over all. They also won "Best Music within the Open Class 5 division. "Being in the top ten after preliminary competition, the band advanced to the finals that night, " said Frank Felice, Director of Bands for LEHS. "After all top ten bands performed a second time, the finals were announced."
The Lobo Band moved from third place to first place after the final competition. This is the second time the Lobo Band has finished first for an entire contest. "We also were named Champions of the US Bands Dallas Regional last year in Burleson, TX. There were 17 bands at that contest," said Felice.
The final ranking were as follows:
1. Little Elm
4. Denton Guyer
5. John Horn
7. Parkway (Louisiana)
10. Wylie East
"I am beyond happy for our band students! They work very hard day after day. To have them rewarded by the judges for their hard work and effort feels amazing. To see and hear the students' reaction when they realized they had won the contest was incredible. Moments like this don't come along very often as a teacher. I am very fortunate I get to work with outstanding directors who share the same vision for our band. They deserve just as much of the credit. Thank you Mr. Benton, Mr. Neal, and Ms. Zotti," said Felice.