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. We would like to cordially extend an invitation to you and your band to attend and participate.

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 2018 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 2018 Entry Packet (doc) (Microsoft Word format) or POB 2018 Entry Packet (pdf) to download the package.

You can also submit your POB Entry Form on-line.Click 2018 POB On-Line Entry Form and complete the form then submit it. You will receive a confirmation email. However, your entry is not complete until we receive your entry fee.

Please indicate on the entry form the class in which your band will be participating. A band may move up in class, but cannot move down in class. The Pageant of Bands organizing committee recognizes that enrollments may change; therefore you may move down by class through September 7, 2018. If you have more students in band than your entry classification at the event, you will be moved to the proper class based on the number of your student performance participants. Please know your student count when you arrive at POB.

The 2018 non-refundable entry fee is $175.00. Please complete the ENTRY FORM and return it with your entry fee as soon as possible, or no later than August 22, 2018. Alternatively, you can pay on-line with a credit/debit card (or PayPal Account, but a PayPal account is not needed). Simply go to our 2018 POB On-Line Entry Payment complete and submit. You will be directed to your payment options.

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.

The completed PROGRAM SHEET must be received by September 7, 2018. If we do not have this information, we cannot print the information for your band in the program.

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