The Van Buren High School Marching Band is once again the best band in the land. 

The band, under the direction of Ron Smith, successfully defended its state championship title, notching a high score of 89.70 against a field of 30 other bands at the Arkansas State Marching Band Championship held Monday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

“We could not be more proud of our team,” said VBHS Band Director Ron Smith. “It’s very difficult to win a single state championship, but to win back-to-back state titles is a true testimonial to the dedication, work ethic and passion that these musician-athletes bring to the field every day. Our team is so blessed to have the full support of our VBSD administrative team, our school and our community, which makes being able to bring a state championship back to Van Buren even more rewarding.”

VBHS won this year’s state championship with its high-energy show, “Replicant,” a show it used to put together the first undefeated season in school history for the VBHS Marching Band. 

The state championship is among many accolades the band garnered this year. VBHS won the Northwest Arkansas Invitational Marching Championship for the third year in a row and also earned first place at the Ozarko Invitational Marching Championship at Missouri State University. In that competition VBHS won awards for High Music, High Visual, Outstanding Drum Major, Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Soloist and was crowned the Gold Division Overall Champion while earning the highest score at the event.