The high school football season is over, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy one of the finest high school marching bands in the El Paso area anymore this year. The Horizon High School Scorpion Marching Band will be standing in for the Stanford Marching Band at the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Game. Stanford’s band is not allowed to perform because of an NCAA investigation into their antics. The Horizon band is also exuberant, according to Sun Bowl officials, and so highly regarded that they were mentioned to the Sun Bowl Association as a top band in the area.

Horizon Band Director, Raul Candelaria, says it took six years to get the band to where they are now. The Scorpions received ‘Division 1’ ratings in each of the competitions held this year, and wrapped up their season in a first-ever finals appearance at the New Mexico State University’s Tournament of Bands. They finished 9th out of the 30 regional bands who competed and earned a banner, another milestone for the band.

Sun Bowl officials were going to check out the Horizon band at the final game of the season, but a storm cancelled the band’s performance. Sun Bowl and Stanford officials checked out the band on YouTube and decided they were the band for the university.

Congratulations to the Horizon High School Scorpion Marching Band!