Lobo Band earns 50th straight sweepstakes

WHITEHOUSE — For more than 75 years the Longview High School Band has been unparalleled in the state of Texas, a tradition that continued Wednesday with its 50th consecutive sweepstakes at the Regional UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.

The Big Green Marching Machine has earned 66 consecutive first division ratings at UIL marching contests — in addition to a now half-century's worth of UIL sweepstakes awards, received first division ratings in all three categories of marching, concert band, and sight reading.

Instructed by longtime band director Louie Robinett, the Lobo band currently includes 248 students, the largest band since 1984.

"We anticipate a growth of close to 300 next year," he added.
Robinett said the devotion his band members display every day is an inspiration to him.
"No matter how difficult my job is, all I have to do is to watch them work and interact," he said. "There are simply no other band students like them."
Robinett said he is honored to be associated with the students, their parents, LISD staff, and administration.
"These young people's accomplishments are a testimony to their continued devotion to the legacy of this band," he said.
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