The McNeese State University Band Program
will host the Lake Charles Toyota Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship
Saturday, Oct. 28, in Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles.
will open at 1 p.m. and the event begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for
adults and $5 for children under 12.
Twenty-seven high school marching bands
from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will participate in this year’s marching
Bands will be adjudicated by a panel of
music educators from Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, and Pennsylvania and will
receive written and recorded comments, a festival rating and overall Top 5
Participating Louisiana high schools
include Barbe in Lake Charles, Benton, Central in Baton Rouge, Comeaux in
Lafayette, Crowley, Delcambre, DeRidder, Iowa, Lake Arthur, Loreauville,
Merryville, Morgan City, North Vermilion in Maurice, Rayne, Sam Houston in Moss
Bluff, South Beauregard in Longville, Sulphur, Westlake and Woodlawn in Baton
Rouge. Participating Texas high schools are Bridge City, C.E. King in Houston,
Little Cypress-Mauriceville in Orange, Pasadena Memorial, Ross S. Sterling in
Baytown, Sam Rayburn in Houston and South Houston. Grenada High School in Mississippi
will also be competing.
The Pride of McNeese Marching Band and the
Cowgirl Kickers dance team will conclude the event with exhibition performances
of their pregame and halftime shows at 9:15 p.m.