The Van Alstyne High School Band enjoyed its best season ever this year qualifying for the UIL State Marching Band Contest for the first time in school history. Not only did the Panther Band make it to the state contest, it made its way to the finals, finishing in ninth place out of 20 teams at the state contest. Van Alstyne finished ranked No. 9 in state out of mor ethan 200 Class 2A teams in the state of Texas. Congratulations also went to the Howe High School Marching Band as it also made the state finals, finishing in 10th place.