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J.M. Hanks HS Marching Band headed to UIL state contest

The J.M. Hanks High School Marching Band is headed for the 2023 state marching band competition in San Antonio next week following a superb performance in the UIL 5A Area marching contest, which took place Saturday at Del Valle High School.Hanks drum majors and dance captains


In addition, two other Ysleta ISD bands placed among the top four in the Area competition – Parkland High School placed second and Del Valle High School came in fourth.


The Knights competed against seven other high school marching bands at Area and ultimately came out on top with their racing-themed show, “Start Your Engines,” led by Drum Majors Leah Dressen, Alexa Perez, and Daniel Alvarez; and Silhouettes Dance Team Captains Danika Murphy, Yazmine Alba, Julie Flores, and Bella Licon. 


The band is under the direction of Horacio Gomez, James Cordova, Luis Ibarra, and Calvin Edwards, and Silhouettes Director Kristal Nance.


This is the seventh year the Knights’ marching band has advanced to state, which takes place Nov. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.


Upon being selected to compete in the state UIL competition on Saturday, J.M. Hanks High School Marching Band members quickly boarded a bus to compete in the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Tournament of Bands competition in Las Cruces – and came away with Sweepstakes honors!


The band also won the Coronado High School T-Bird Invitational in September, as well as the Socorro ISD MarchFest in October