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Posted: October 21, 2019

40th Annual Pageant of the Bands

Marching bands from all 13 APS comprehensive high schools will take part in the competition on Saturday, Oct. 26.

All Albuquerque Public Schools high school marching bands will compete in the 40th annual New Mexico Pageant of Bands on Saturday, Oct. 26, which begins at 8 a.m. at Wilson Stadium. The Del Norte JROTC will present the nation's colors and Jazzbones, a trombone ensemble made up of students from across APS, will play the national anthem. 

The high school bands will compete against those of comparable size, beginning with the smallest in the morning. A total of 29 bands will take part in the competition, which started in 1980 to provide a competitive arena for displaying the musical and marching skills of local bands. In its 40 years, the Pageant of Bands has grown to include marching bands from across the state.

Schedule for APS Marching Bands 

Class 1A

  • Rio Grande: 8:15 a.m. 
  • Valley: 8:30 a.m. 
  • West Mesa:  8:45 a.m. 
  • Del Norte: 9 a.m.

Class 3A 

  • Sandia: 11:15 a.m. 
  • Albuquerque: 11:30 a.m. 

Class 4A 

  • Highland: 1 p.m. 
  • Cibola: 1:45 p.m.  
  • Volcano Vista: 2 p.m. 

Class 5A

  • Atrisco Heritage: 3:15 p.m. 
  • Manzano: 4 p.m. 
  • La Cueva: 4:15 p.m.
  • Eldorado: 4:30 p.m.  

An awards ceremony will follow the performances. 


  • $10 for adults
  • $7 for students (high school and college), seniors and military
  • Free for middle school and younger students 

Cash and credit cards accepted. 

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