L.D. Bell High School is a Texas UIL 5A high school, grades 10-12 only, in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District located between the cities of Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas. The Marching Band rehearses and performs from August through mid- November. Concert Bands and Jazz Band perform from November through May. The Band, Drumline, Guard, and Jazz Band appear at school and community functions throughout the year. The band is also part of L.D. Bell’s International Baccalaureate program, with each of 4 directors certified in IB Music.
L.D. Bell Concert Bands have been named “Best In Class” at contests in several states. In April of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 all three of the L.D. Bell Concert Bands received sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. The Symphonic Band was selected to perform at the 1999 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. The Blue Raider Band has consistent representation by individual musicians in Texas All- Region, Area, and All-State Bands and Orchestras.
L.D. Bell is the 2007 Bands of America Grand National Champion. The Bell Band has received the award for highest achievement in music performance at Grand Nationals three times. In 2008 the Bell Band was the Bands of America Houston Regional and San Antonio Super Regional Champions, placing 2nd at Grand Nationals and the UIL State Marching Contest. In 2009 the band was the Arlington Regional and San Antonio Super Regional Champions, placing 2nd at Grand Nationals. In 2006, the band was the Arlington Regional and San Antonio Super Regional Champions, placing 2nd at Grand Nationals and the UIL State Marching Contest. The Bell Band placed 3rd at the 2005 Bands of America Grand National Championships. Bell is the 2004 UIL 5A State Marching Band Champion. The L.D. Bell Band is a 2004 recipient of the Sudler Shield. Also in 2004, the band was the Bands of America Arlington Regional Champion and Bands of America St. Louis Super-Regional Champion, sweeping all captions at each event. In 2003, the Blue Raider Band was the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Class Champion and received an Outstanding Performance caption award at each Bands of America contest attended, placing 5th at Grand Nationals. In 2002, the band was the Bands of America Arlington Regional Champion, 2002 Bands of America San Antonio Class Champion, and the 2002 Texas UIL 5A State Silver Medalist. In 2001, the band placed 4th at the BOA Grand Nationals Championship, winning the award for Outstanding Music Performance. The Blue Raider Band also won the 2001 BOA Regionals in San Antonio and Arlington. The 2000 L.D. Bell Marching Band was the Texas State Champion in Class 5A and was champion of Bands of America’s Regionals in both San Antonio and Houston. Since 2000, the band has medaled at UIL & BOA events 27 times. Each contest that the Marching Band has attended since 1998, the students have placed in the top 5.