RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Six high school marching bands from the Rio Grande Valley advanced to the state competition in the UIL Area E Marching Band Contest.

High school bands from the Rio Grande Valley competed Saturday at the Wildcat Stadium in Calallen, TX.

Hidalgo, La Feria, Port Isabel, Raymondville, PSJA Early College High School and Rio Grande City La Grulla all advanced to finals.

After the finals, the top seven bands would move on to the state competition.

PSJA won 1st place, La Grulla received 2nd place and Raymondville secured 4th place at the UIL Area contest, advancing to the 4A and 6A class of the state competition.

Two Brownsville ISD campuses, Pace Early College High School and Lopez Early College High School advanced to the 3A and 5A class.

The 2023 State Open Class Marching Band Contest will begin Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 then continue Nov. 6 through Nov. 8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.