WATCH: Battle of Flowers Band Festival features 37 San Antonio area high school bands

85th annual event took place Thursday at Alamo Stadium

SAN ANTONIO – Students from more than 30 local high school bands joined together at the 85th annual Battle of Flowers Band Festival on Thursday, April 27. The theme was “Where Fiesta Reigns.”

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The Battle of Flowers Band Festival is the oldest and longest-running marching band festival in the country and offers high school bands a unique opportunity to perform together and encourage their interest in music, according to

The festival, which started in 1937, took place at Alamo Stadium.

There will be a rebroadcast of the Battle of Flowers Band Festival from 2-5 p.m. on April 29 on KSAT 12 and all of KSAT’s digital platforms — including, KSAT Plus and YouTube.

The Battle of Flowers Band Festival is an annual night of musical entertainment with highlights that include Herald Trumpets, parades of bands with colorful flags and twirlers, and feature bands performing their award-winning UIL shows for the crowd.

Top-placing bands and fan favorites are awarded “Celebration of Music” grants to support and encourage the arts in local schools.

At the end of the evening, all the musicians perform together in a spectacular finale set to fireworks.

Here is a list of this year’s Battle of Flowers Band Festival winners.

Want more high school band coverage from KSAT? We stream halftime shows during football games in the fall with our Big Game Coverage. Find more information here.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.