New Mexico Pageant of Bands logoWelcome to the New Mexico Pageant of Bands Web Site. This annual event provides a venue for over 2,000 New Mexico high school students to exhibit their skills and receive feedback from nationally recognized judges and is based on band size, not school size. The New Mexico Pageant of Bands is a nonprofit organization promoting performance excellence and sportsmanship in high school marching band competition. For more information see our About page.

The 37th New Mexico Pageant of Bands Marching Competition was held on October 22, 2016 at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. There were 1,795 students from 27 bands entered and about 2,500 tickets were sold to the public who enjoyed the music and pageantry in almost perfect weather.

Most POB Merchandise Half-Price on our Online Store – Many items sold at the New Mexico Pageant of Bands competitions are available for on-line ordering. You can use PayPal or just a credit card. Visit the POB Store.

POB 2016 Results

20161A - 1 to 402A - 41 to 553A - 56 to 754A - 76 to 1005A - 101+
First PlaceSanta FeHighlandLos LunasVolcano VistaLa Cueva
Second PlaceCapitanPiedra VistaCibolaRio RanchoEldorado
Third PlaceDel NorteValleyDurangoClevelandManzano
People's ChoiceDel NorteHighlandLos LunasVolcano VistaLa Cueva

BrassCapitanPiedra VistaLos LunasClevelandLa Cueva
WoodwindsCapitanPiedra VistaLos LunasClevelandLa Cueva
PercussionSanta FePiedra VistaAlamogordoClevelandManzano*
Drum MajorSanta FeHighlandLos LunasClevelandLa Cueva
SoloistSanta FePiedra VistaLos LunasVolcano VistaLos Alamos
AuxillaryCapitanPiedra VistaLos LunasRio RanchoLa Cueva
*Overall Percussion: Manzano High School Royal Guard

2016 POB Spirit of Band Award: Del Norte High School Phantom Knight Marching Band

2016 NM Pageant of Bands, Zachary Nunez2016 POB Pictures

Pictures from the 2016 Pageant of Bands are available in the Zachary Nunez Gallery. Zachary is a photography student at West Mesa and a member of the Mustang Marching Band. Thanks Zachery!

Thank You Sponsors!

New Mexico Pageant of Bands Outstanding Section Awards are presented to one band in each class for the following categories, Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds, Soloist, Drum Major, Colorguard, and People’s Choice. We’d like to thank Baum’s Music for sponsoring our Outstanding Brass Section Awards, Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corp for sponsoring our Outstanding Drum Major Awards, Bill and Christine Drotning for sponsoring our Outstanding Percussion Awards, and Jan and Jerry Cross for sponsoring our People’s Choice Awards. Would you or your company be interested in sponsoring one of the remaining awards? Please visit our Sponsorship page.

POB Spotlight

Photo of LCHS Band Member Eliana O'Brien

La Cueva High School band student Eliana O’Brien has been selected for the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. She is one of 125 high school marching band members among the millions in the United States to be selected.

Eliana has been drum major in the La Cueva Marching Band for two years. She also plays euphonium in the wind symphony, trombone in the jazz band, and works as a pianist/keyboardist at a local church. She is also an All-State musician and a member of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, O’Brien will perform with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio, Texas. The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band performs each year at halftime of the nationallytelevised U.S. Army All-American Bowl for high school players.

Read the Albuquerque Journal article “Music takes student to top of her field” 

See other Students, Band Directors and Volunteers from the POB Community on our POB Spotlight page.