Band Directors

Band Directors, we look forward to seeing you at the 41st New Mexico Pageant of Bands on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Rio Rancho Ram Stadium in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. We wish to thank you for your timeless dedication to your students, for without them, there would be no Pageant of Bands. To see a list of the bands who have entered this year’s competition, see our 2021 POB Band Entries page. 

Program Sheets – Your Program Sheet is due by September 17, 2021 for inclusion in the POB Program booklet. It can also be entered on-line. You can view the submitted band programs on our 2021 POB Band Programs page. Please note that we do not have photos on file of your current band. The Program Sheet form has a convenient way to upload a picture of your band for the POB Program booklet.  Be sure to add a band picture to your Program Sheet when you submit it.

POB Band Booster Ads – The POB offers a special rate of $75 to Band Booster Organizations or Band Directors for a full-page ad in the POB Program Guide for 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. Deadline for 2021 POB Program Guide Ad Submission is Friday, September 17, 2021.

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

Photo of Cibola band members - Clarissa Anello Photography

The 2021 POB entry fee is still $175.00. The entry fee is refundable only if you cancel prior to the deadline for entry on September 10, 2021. Otherwise, your entry fee will be credited to the following year’s competition. Your registration is not complete until we receive the $175 entry fee. This should be sent as soon as possible, or no later than Friday, September 17, 2021. Payment can be mailed to: New Mexico Pageant of Bands, P.O. Box 20324, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87154-0324. 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 2021 POB On-Line Entry Fee 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 the 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 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. 

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 2021 POB PROGRAM SHEET with a picture of your band must be received by September 17, 2021. If we do not have this information, we cannot print the information for your band in the program.

NMPOB 2012 Keith

If 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 41st New Mexico Pageant of Bands! In the meantime, play the drum cadence below and imagine your band marching into Wilson Stadium for the Bands in Review and Awards Ceremony.




Photo of Rio Rancho Marching Band
Rio Rancho High School Marching Band – 2019 NM Pageant of Bands – Clarissa Anello Photography