Second to none

Mac band captures area championship, headed to state as top-rated band in central Texas

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Second to none

Just about everything went flawlessly for the band on Saturday in Pflugerville: the morning rehearsal, the preliminary round in the afternoon, the final round at night all went Mac's way. The band finished first in a very competitive area for marching band.

Just about everything went flawlessly for the band on Saturday in Pflugerville: the morning rehearsal, the preliminary round in the afternoon, the final round at night all went Mac's way. The band finished first in a very competitive area for marching band.

Stephen Tibbetts

Just about everything went flawlessly for the band on Saturday in Pflugerville: the morning rehearsal, the preliminary round in the afternoon, the final round at night all went Mac's way. The band finished first in a very competitive area for marching band.

Stephen Tibbetts

Stephen Tibbetts

Just about everything went flawlessly for the band on Saturday in Pflugerville: the morning rehearsal, the preliminary round in the afternoon, the final round at night all went Mac's way. The band finished first in a very competitive area for marching band.

Shield staff reports

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From start to finish today, the marching band had about as good a competitive day as it possibly could have at the area competition at the Pfield in Pflugerville.

We were just so focused and hit every form extremely well, even ones that we sometimes struggle with. We all felt the energy.”

— sophomore flutist Madelynn Niles

The band finished first in the preliminary round in the afternoon (shown here) and headed into the evening finals with the top rating among the seven bands vying for three spots to advance to state.

In the final round, the band again finished in sole first place, beating the other six bands in the finals, including highly touted band programs at Dripping Springs and Weiss.

The Mac band is the top band in all of central Texas and will head into next week’s state competition at the Alamodome in San Antonio among the favorites for a state championship (along with the other eight area champions).

Two years ago, when the band made a historic run to state, it finished fifth in area under a system where six bands from the area competition advanced.

Sophomore flautist Madelynn Niles said even the morning rehearsal was stellar.

“We had a really strong rehearsal this morning, probably one of our strongest all season, which definitely translated on the field,” Niles said. “We were just so focused and hit every form extremely well, even ones that we sometimes struggle with. We all felt the energy.”

Evidently, the judges did too.

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