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 40th New Mexico Pageant of Bands Marching Competition will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. 

Band Directors – It’s time to register for the 40th POB! Be part of the musical excellence and showmanship of this wonderful competition. To register your band, go to our Band Directors page and submit the on-line registration form. However, your registration is not complete until we receive payment. Deadline for receiving your registration and entry fee is August 14, 2019. Your Program Sheet is due by September 6, 2019 for inclusion in the POB Program booklet. It can also be entered on-line.

2018 POB Results

1 to 40
41 to 55
6 to 75
76 to 100
First PlaceAztecPiedra VistaHighlandVolcano VistaCleveland
Second PlaceDel NorteSilverAlbuquerqueLos LunasLa Cueva
Third PlaceKirtlandSandiaGoddardCibolaRio Rancho
People's ChoiceDel NortePiedra VistaHighlandCibolaManzano
BrassAztecSilverHighlandVolcano VistaEldorado
WoodwindsAztecSilverHighlandVolcano VistaCleveland
PercussionAztecRoswellAlbuquerqueVolcano VistaManzano*
Drum MajorDel NorteSandiaHighlandLos LunasCleveland
SoloistDel NorteValleyHighlandLos LunasCleveland
ColorguardDel NortePiedra VistaHighlandVolcano VistaLa Cueva

*Overall Percussion: Manzano High School
2018 POB Spirit of Band Award: Sandia High School

Thank You Supporters!

New Mexico Pageant of Bands 2018 Outstanding Section Awards were 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 underwriting our Outstanding Brass Section Awards, Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corp for our Outstanding Drum Major Awards, Bill and Christine Drotning for our Outstanding Percussion Awards, Jerald and Janet Cross for the People’s Choice Awards, Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast for the Outstanding Soloist Awards. Melissa Robinson – SCENTSY for our Outstanding Woodwinds Awards, and Angela Franco-Roden – Shear Beauty Salon for underwriting our Colorguard Awards.  Special thanks to the New Mexico National Guard for underwriting our Participation and Class Awards! For more information, visit our Underwriting page.

POB Spotlight – Logan Giese – Recipient of the 2019 Bruce Kroken Scholarship

Photo of Logan GiesePercussionist Logan Giese of Rio Rancho High School has received the 2019 Bruce Kroken Scholarship from the Albuquerque Concert Band. Every year, the band awards a scholarship to a New Mexico high school senior involved in the music program at his or her school. The $1,000 scholarship, which requires an audition before a panel of judges, is named after past Albuquerque Concert Band director Bruce Kroken, who died suddenly in 2004. Kroken was also a director of bands at Manzano High School and associate director of bands at Desert Ridge Middle School. He was a big supporter of community bands.
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POB 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.

2017 POB Pictures

Rebeca Zimmerman, Highland High School Photography and Journalism educator, photographs and edits on field photos of each fall’s POB. Some of her students also assist with these on field photographs, along with LaCueva grad Mackenzie Everett. Thank you so much! Pictures from the 2017 New Mexico Pageant of Bands are available in multiple galleries: