Eight members of the McNeese State University Pride of
McNeese Marching Band are participating this summer in the elite Drum Corps
International (DCI), which consists of 47 corps from the United States, Canada
The students will perform and compete head-to-head with other
U.S. corps groups during a national tour that ends with the DCI World
Championships Aug. 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Additionally, Dr. Lonny Benoit, head of the W.A. and Dorothy
Hanna Department of Performing Arts is on the instructional staffs of The
Academy Drum and Bugle Corps; and Dr. Jay Sconyers, director of bands, is on the
instructional staffs of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.
Those selected for the DCI tour are: with the Blue Stars in
La Crosse, Wisconsin: David Billodeau, Sulphur, drum major; Alejandro Chapa;
Houston, Texas, mellophone/horn; Alex Ellender, Lake Charles, trumpet; Tommy
Holland, Orange, Texas, trumpet; Blake Kinder, Monroe, baritone; Jonathan
Leveque, Lake Charles, trumpet; with the Seattle Cascades in Seattle,
Washington: Cody Keller, Iowa, baritone; and with the Madison Scouts in
Madison, Wisconsin: Cole LaBruyere, Moss Bluff, trumpet.