Band Directors

Picture of Drum Major from 2016 NM Pageant of Bands, Zachary NunezThis year is the 38th New Mexico Pageant of Bands Marching Competition. The Pageant will be held on October 21, 2017 at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. We would like to cordially extend an invitation to you and your band to attend and participate.

Band Directors – It’s not too late to submit your Program Sheets for the 38th POB! – If you haven’t already done so, your Program Sheet is needed for inclusion in the POB ProgramIt can be entered on-line.

Deadline for Submitting a Band Booster Ad extended to September 13. – Band Booster organizations can purchase a full page ad in the POB Program booklet To celebrate their band for only $75. Download the revised POB Band Booster Ad form.

POB Group Photography Pre-Orders Available Online! The 2017 POB photography will be supplied by Bellaments. Band group photos are $20 for a formal 8×12 color print or $30 for two 8×12 color prints, including one formal and one “funny”. Orders can be placed on the day of the event or pre-ordered by mail or on-line. Prints will be shipped to the address provided on the form for a $5 fee. Payment must accompany all orders. Deadline for POB Photography pre-orders is Saturday, October 14, 2017. To order, visit our POB Group Photography page.

New Mexico Pageant of Bands

The New Mexico Pageant of Bands is a marching band competition for New Mexico High School Bands where bands are classified by band size, not by high school enrollment. Band size includes all students participating in the performance, including brass, woodwinds, drum line, pit and auxiliary along with students holding and moving props. These classes include:

Band Size
1 to 40
41 to 55
56 to 75
76 to 100
101 and above
Band size includes all participating students

You can download the complete 2017 Pageant of Bands Entry Package including Cover Letter Instructions, Entry Form, Program Sheet, Band Photograph instructions, and Band Booster Ad form for the POB Program. Select POB 2017 Entry Information (doc) (Microsoft Word format) or POB 2017 Entry Information (pdf) to download the package.

Placement for competition in Class 1A and 2A for non-APS bands will be assigned (we attempt to do this based on distance from Wilson Stadium). Placement for competition in 3A, 4A, 5A, and 1A and 2A APS bands will be determined by a draw that will be held on August 30, 2017 at the New Mexico Pageant of Bands Organizing Committee meeting. All Class 3A, 4A , 5A, and 1A and 2A APS bands who have returned their completed entry form and their entry fee by August 23, 2017 will be in the draw. Drawings will be held by class size and the first drawn is the last to perform within a class. Based on last year’s POB performance times, we anticipate approximate performance times for 1A and 2A to fall between 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 3A between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4A between 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5A between 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Actual performance times will be set closer to the competition date when entries are finalized.

New Mexico Pageant of Bands can accommodate a maximum of 28 bands for competition. Should more than 28 bands apply, the acceptance will be based upon postmark and payment of returned submissions. If we do not have 28 bands by the drawing, other bands may still enter.

The completed PROGRAM SHEET must be received by September 8, 2017. If we do not have this information, we cannot print the information for your band in the POB Program booklet, which is sold in the stands during the competition. 

NMPOB 2012 KeithIf you have any questions or comments, use our Contact form or email us at

We look forward to seeing you and your band at the 38th Annual New Mexico Pageant of Bands on October 21, 2017. In the meantime, play the drum cadence below and imagine your band marching into Wilson Stadium for the Awards Ceremony. Enjoy!


POB Spotlight On Band Directors and their Staff

If you know of a Band Director or member of the Band Staff who has received special recognition, please email

2016 NM Pageant of Bands, Zachary Nunez