Band Directors

Photo of Cibola High School Golden Regiment Marching Band, 2017 NM Pageant of Bands

The 39th New Mexico Pageant of Bands Marching Competition will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque.

Band Director Resources for the 2018 POB

POB Group Photography Pre-Order –  You can reduce the time it takes to get your band through the group photography station by having your students complete the POB Group Photography Pre-Order form before the pageant. Simply download the photography order form and bring the completed forms with payments to the Pageant. The 2018 POB group photography will be supplied by Bellaments. Band group photos are $20 for a formal or “funny” 8×12 color print or $30 for two 8×12 color prints, including one formal and one “funny”. POB Member Bands should pre-order through their POB Reps

Band Directors – Please remember that the deadline for receiving your entry fee has passed. If you haven’t done so already, please ensure that payment is in progress. You can also pay on-line. Simply go to our 2018 POB On-Line Entry Payment form, complete and submit. You will be directed to your payment options.

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

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 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the New Mexico Pageant of Bands 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 22, 2018 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 prior years POB performance times, we anticipate approximate performance times for 1A and 2A to fall between 8:00am-12:00pm, 3A between 10:00-2:00, 4A between 12:00-3:00, 5A between 2:00-6;00. 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.

POB will again have eight judges, including specific percussion and auxiliary (color guard) judges. Your school can compete against other bands in your classification, or you have the opportunity to perform for comments only.

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 39th Annual New Mexico Pageant of Bands on Saturday, October 20, 2018. In the meantime, play the drum cadence below and imagine your band marching into Wilson Stadium for the Awards Ceremony.


Manzano High School Royal Guard Marching Band, 2017 NM Pageant of Bands