The Prosper High School Mighty Eagle Band, comprised of over 300 students, traveled to Bedford, TX, on the weekend of Oct. 6-8 to compete in the HEB Marching Contest where they took home first place out of 17 bands as well as awards in percussion, music and general effect.

The 17 area bands competing in competition were judged on the execution and complexity of the music as well as the visual effectiveness of the show.

In the preliminary round, Prosper earned the top score in general effect and music, even scoring higher than the prelims first place 6A band, Coppell.

The final round was narrowed down to 10 bands — 5 6A and 6 5A. The Mighty Eagle Band prevailed with top scores across the board earning them the grand champion award.

The band’s show this year is entitled, “The Lost World.” According to Prosper High School’s Director of Bands, John Alstrin, the goal of the show is to take the audience on a visual and musical 8-minute journey with underlying themes of “Avatar” and “The Lost Boys.”

This year, bands in Region 24 have the opportunity to advance and compete at the UIL State Marching Band Competition, but first, bands must get through the region and area competitions. In addition to participating in UIL competitions, the Mighty Eagle Band will be competing in an elite competition series known as Bands of America in November in Indianapolis for the first time in the band’s history.

The Mighty Eagle Band has their UIL Region Competition on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Little Elm, where they will compete against other Region 24 schools such as Frisco, Little Elm and Liberty. The area competition that decides if they qualify for the UIL State Marching Contest will be held a week later on Oct. 28 at Little Elm.