The Lufkin High School Panther Marching Band earned first division ratings from all judges at the UIL Region 21 Marching Contest on Saturday, October 16. Earning a first division qualified the band to advance to the first ever UIL State Military Marching Championship for the combined 5A/6A classification. The state contest will be held and Pine Tree ISD Pirate Stadium on Wednesday, October 27. There are eleven 5A/6A military bands that are competing at the state contest. All bands will march in prelims on Wednesday afternoon, with the top five bands advancing to finals on Wednesday evening. At the conclusion of finals, first through fifth place will be announced. The top three ranking bands in finals will receive UIL state champion 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place trophies, and the students from those three bands will all receive UIL state champion gold, silver, or bronze draped medals.