The Howe High School marching band will be returning to the state competition, along with Whitesboro, while Van Alstyne High just missed the cut at the area competition.

Making it out of the local pool to state is getting harder and harder agreed the band directors for both Howe and Whitesboro. Howe Band Director Angie Liss said she actually gets more stressed about winning at the regional level than at state.

“We are just watching area bands getting better and better,” Liss said.

Liss said the Howe band’s show is called “Stained Glass” and features music by Martin Luther, Ludwig van Beethoven and Frank Ticheli.

Both directors said the bands couldn’t do the shows they do and get the results they do without their support group of parents and other volunteers, some of whom will be making the trip to San Antonio with the musicians and teachers.

The Whitesboro band features 110 kids and the Howe band has 75. The state competition is familiar ground for each band. Howe has been 21 times and has won the competition three times. Whitesboro has been seven times and has won at twice.

While getting to state has become something of an expectation for both bands, Liss said one always sets out to do better than the time before.

She said the band believes in a quote that says, “The best stay the best by constantly getting better.”

“You just work to have your best performance of the year (at state),” Liss said.