Band Directors

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

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

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

To enter your band into the competition, click 2019 POB On-Line Entry Form, complete the form and submit it. You will receive a confirmation email. However, your entry is not complete until we receive your entry fee. Entries are due by August 14, 2019.

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 6, 2019. 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 2019 POB entry fee is $175.00. The entry fee is refundable only if you cancel prior to the deadline for entry on August 14, 2019. Otherwise, your entry fee will be credited to the following year’s competition. Please complete the ENTRY FORM and return it with your entry fee as soon as possible, or no later than August 14, 2019. 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 2019 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 draw.  All Class 3A, 4A , 5A, and 1A and 2A APS bands who have returned their completed entry form and their entry fee by the deadline 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 normally has 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 2019 POB PROGRAM SHEET must be received by September 6, 2019. If we do not have this information, we cannot print the information for your band in the program.

2018 POB Program CoverBand Booster Ad Orders  – The POB offers a special rate of $75 to Band Booster Organizations or Band Directors for a full-page ad in the POB Program Booklet for you to promote your band. The full-page black & white ad is normally placed adjacent to to your band program description. For more information and to order, visit our POB Band Booster Advertisement page.

View the 2019 NM POB Entrants – To view the 2019 POB entrants, visit our 2019 POB Band Entries page. You can also view the 2019 POB Band Programs. Please note that you can click on the column heading to sort the list. (e.g. “CLASS ENTERING”)

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 40th Annual New Mexico Pageant of Bands on October 26, 2019. 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