The Tuloso Midway Marching Band took first place last Saturday at the United States Scholastic Band Association Southwest Texas Regional Competition at United ISD Stadium in Laredo.

The band performed alongside other marching bands from the area, including the Taft High School Marching Band and the Alice High School Marching Band. The band competed in the Group 3 Open Classification and was the only competitor in that category.

Along with first place, the team received awards for music, visual performance, overall effect, color guard and percussion. The competition is a practice run for the marching band, which will be performing in UIL District competition later this month.

The scoring for the event covered four sets of criteria, including music performance, music ensemble, visual performance and overall effect. Bands were also rated for their color guard and percussion in separate categories that were not added to the total score, but served as the basis for individual awards in those categories.

The second place Alice H.S. Marching Band received an overall score of 80.900, which was far ahead of third place Taft H.S., with 80.050 points. Clark H.S. scored 82.900 in the Group 5 open classification.

In other classifications, J.B. Alexander High School took first place in the Group 6 Open classification, while J.W. Nixon High School took first place in the Group 4 Open classification.

Of the 12 bands overall that competed in the regional competition, the Tuloso Midway High School Marching Band came in 11th place.