The Van Alstyne High School marching band continued its award-winning tradition by placing first among 3A schools at its inaugural competition of the season, the Aubrey Marching Classic held at Aubrey High School on Oct. 1. Overall, the band placed fourth when ranked against 4A schools while also receiving the “Outstanding Percussion” award for 3A and 4A schools combined. Around 20 schools competed, six of which were 4A.

“I was really proud of the kids and the work they put into their performance,” band director Tim Fulton said. “They did a great job, especially musically, and I know they will only get better as we go into the rest of the competition season.”

Upcoming events for the band include the Classic on the Lake contest at Little Elm on Oct. 8 and the NETEX (northeast Texas) Marching Contest at Commerce on Oct. 15. Their competition season will conclude with the UIL Regional Contest at Princeton on Oct. 19.

This is the “off” year for 1A, 3A and 5A schools, with only 2A, 4A and 6A schools continuing toward the state competition in November. Everyone is invited out to help cheer the band on at these performances.

In addition to the marching competitions, the band has a couple of other events coming up in October. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the band will host its second bi-annual “Mattress Palooza,” sale, in which individual band members will receive credit for mattresses sold, helping them raise the funds for their spring band trip to Branson. The band hall will be transformed into a mattress showroom for the day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where amazing prices can be found because of the company’s lack of store overhead costs. This is an easy way to support the band, get a great deal, and conveniently replace those outdated mattresses.

Also, that same day, the Van Alstyne Jazz Band will perform a concert at 1 p.m., helping to drive traffic to the mattress sale as well as entertain the community with some quality jazz music from this talented group. Lead trumpet player, junior Quinten Bridwell, recently made All-Region Jazz Band at that competition held Sept. 24.