The Carthage High School band finished fifth best in the state this week at the UIL military marching band championships, held at Pirate Stadium in Longview.

In the 4A competition, the order of finish in the final was Lindale, Henderson, Gilmer, Vidor and Carthage. Eliminated during the preliminary round were Chapel Hill, Bullard, Pittsburg, Hardin-Jefferson, Van and Center.

In the Class 1A/2A competition, the order of finish was Carlisle, Timpson, Beckville and Union Grove.