Band Directors

Band Directors, we look forward to seeing you at the 43rd New Mexico Pageant of Bands on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Albuquerque Public Schools’ Nusenda Community Stadium at I-40 and 98th Street in Albuquerque. Be a part of the musical excellence and showmanship of this wonderful competition! Online band registration for the event is open. We also 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 2023 POB Band Entries page. You can also view the submitted band programs on our 2023 POB Band Programs page.

POB Merchandise – Be sure to let your students know that the NM POB will be selling merchandise at the Pageant. Items include the very popular pins and patches ($5 each), POB t-shirts ($20), POB sweatshirts ($40) and the POB Program Booklet ($5). The booklet provides an informative guide to the competition with information on each band and their group picture. Look for the POB Merchandise tent as you enter the stadium. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Some items sold at the New Mexico Pageant of Bands competitions will be available for online ordering after the Pageant. You can use PayPal or just a credit card. Visit the NM POB Store.


The New Mexico Pageant of Bands will be using CompetitionSuite for scoring and adjudicator commentary. Your band will be added to the 2023 NM POB CompetitionSuite event. The email address you provide for this feature will be receiving a notification that it has been added to your group. The account will be able to add additional access to your commentary. If you don’t currently have a CompetitionSuite account, please Sign Up. It is free to you!

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

To enter your band into the competition, click 2023 POB On-Line Entry Form, complete the form and submit it. You will receive a confirmation email. This should be submitted as soon as possible, or no later than Friday, July 28, 2023. The NM POB reserves the right to close entries earlier if we have reached capacity.

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 1, 2023. 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 entry form also requires the email address that will be associated the CompetitionSuite NM POB Group associated with your band that we will create. It will be used for receiving adjudicator commentary for the NM POB competition. This can be the directors’ email address or anyone you designate. The CompetitionSuite email account will have the administrative role and be able to add additional email addresses for your Group. Don’t worry if you do not have an CompetitionSuite account yet, please Sign Up. It is free to you.

The 2023 POB entry fee is still $175.00. The entry fee is refundable only if you cancel prior to the deadline for entry on Friday, July 28, 2023. Otherwise, your entry fee will be credited to the following year’s competition. Please complete the ENTRY FORM and submit. Your registration is not complete until we receive the $175 entry fee. The fee should be sent as soon as possible, or no later than Friday, September 1, 2023. 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 2023 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. Draw for performance order will be on Monday, July 31, 2023. 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 2023 POB PROGRAM SHEET must be submitted by Friday, September 1, 2023. If we do not have this information, we cannot print the information for your band in the printed POB Program booklet.

If you have any questions or comments, use our Contact form or email us at

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