The Alice High School marching band won a nice addition to its trophy case Saturday.

Alice was named the overall grand champion and first place in Class 5A at the Bay Area Marching Contest in Calallen Saturday afternoon. It was the first time in recent memory that Alice had won the contest.

Earlier in the day, Alice competed in the Crossroads Marching Festival in Robstown and placed second overall and second in Class 5A. Gregory-Portland won the Robstown competition. Ironically, Alice beat Gregory-Portland in the Calallen contest.

Either way, Alice band director Arnold Garza said Saturday was an exciting day for the band program.

“The kids did great,” he said. “I talked to one of the judges after the contest and he told me of some things that he thought we can do to improve, so we’re going to work on that this week. But overall, it was a good day for us.”

Alice has one more band contest left in its schedule in the University Interscholastic League Marching Contest in Calallen Saturday. Alice is scheduled to perform in the competition at 6 p.m.

The Alice band began the marching contest season last week by placing third out of 21 bands at the Gregory-Portland Tournament of Bands. At the Gregory-Portland contest, Alice's drum majors and color guard also won honors.