Reporter/Teresa Ging Reporter/Teresa Ging The Thorndale High School band made history on Saturday, becoming the school's first entry to advance to the UIL's State Marching Band Contest.

The band, under the direction of Scott Simmons and Bailey McAnulty, performed at the Class A Area D marching competition in Groesbeck. After the preliminary round, the THS band was chosen as part of the Top 10 and advanced to the night's finals, a first for a Thorndale band at UIL Area marching contest.

Thorndale was the last band to perform in the finals and were chosen to advance to the state level contest.

"There is obviously so much to be proud of and I am at a loss to describe the joy I feel for our kids," Simmons said. The band will compete at the state marching contest prelims at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Top, THS band performs at Area D contest. Right, Bulldog Band drum majors Joelene Tomecek (left), Ethan White and Ashley Smith react to the announcement that Thorndale advanced to state.

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