POB 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. You can also Contact Us.

The 41st NM POB

The 41st  New Mexico Pageant of Bands Marching Competition was held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Rio Rancho Ram Stadium in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Thank you to all who came out to the Rio Rancho HS Ram Stadium Saturday on such a beautiful day to watch 23 amazing bands perform for you and our adjudicators for the 41st  New Mexico Pageant of Bands! Read 1,600 Students in 24 Bands Compete in Annual Pageant of Bands in the APS News. You can also view a few photos from the event in the 2021 NM POB Photo Gallery.

2021 NM POB Results

1 to 40
41 to 55
6 to 75
76 to 100
First PlaceWest MesaLos LunasVolcano VistaRio RanchoCleveland
Second PlacePiedra Vista
Kirtland Central
Third PlaceBelenSandiaRoswellCibolaLa Cueva
People's ChoicePiedra VistaLos LunasVolcano VistaRio RanchoCleveland
BrassPiedra VistaLos LunasVolcano VistaRio RanchoCleveland
WoodwindsWest MesaLos LunasVolcano VistaRio RanchoLa Cueva
PercussionWest MesaAlbuquerqueVolcano VistaRio RanchoEldorado*
Drum MajorMoriartySandiaVolcano VistaRio RanchoLa Cueva
SoloistPiedra VistaLos LunasVolcano VistaCentennialLa Cueva
ColorguardBelenGoddardVolcano VistaCentennialCleveland

*Overall Percussion: Eldorado

Thank You Supporters!

We would like to thank the New Mexico Pageant of Bands Organizing committee and Executive Board for their dedication and commitment to providing our youth the opportunity to perform. This committee is comprised of volunteer representatives from high school band parent and booster organizations from the following Albuquerque area public high schools: Albuquerque, Cibola, Del Norte, Eldorado, La Cueva, Manzano, Rio Rancho, Sandia, Valley and Volcano Vista. Thank you Rio Rancho Public Schools for welcoming us this year at Rio Rancho High School. Thank you to those community members who have volunteered to serve as judges for the People’s Choice Awards. In addition, we would like to thank former Pageant of Bands committee members who have volunteered at the Pageant. Thank you also to Jerry Cross, Chris & Bill Drotning, and Baum’s Music. These individuals, and this business have joined with Pageant of Bands in recognizing the outstanding work by the high school musicians by sponsoring section awards for this year.

2021 POB Adjudicator Biographies

Biographies of the New Mexico Pageant of Bands panel of marching band Adjudicators for the 2021 competition are available. Visit our 2021 POB Adjudicators page.

In Memoriam – Professor Eric Rombach-Kendall

Photo of Eric Rombach-KendallWe were saddened to hear of the recent death of Eric Rombach-Kendall, Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico, where he has served as Director of Bands since 1993. Many of your band directors have studied under Professor Rombach-Kendall. Some of your children may have had him as a guest conductor, as band directors would invite him to work with their bands as they prepared their concert music, and some may have had him as their Honor Band conductor. His wife, Julie is an Albuquerque Public Schools Elementary Music Teacher, so your children may have had her as their music teacher during their years. Read More

2021 Patches Available in the NM POB Store

Many items sold at the New Mexico Pageant of Bands competitions are available for online ordering including 2021 POB Patches. You can use PayPal or just a credit card. Visit the NM POB Store.

Watch APS Video about the 2021 New Mexico Pageant of Bands


Header image by Clarissa Anello Photography