G EISMAR – The Louisiana Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit will make its way to Dutchtown High School on Saturday for an all-day competition where 45 groups will perform.
General admission is $7 and free for children younger than 5.
The first group will start at noon, and the last group performs at 9 p.m.
The event is one of many competitions this year that will culminate in an LMCGPC grand championship at the Thibodaux Civic Center on March 28. Dutchtown’s winter guard group competed in a Feb. 28 event and will compete at their home event before attending the finale.
“The competition is basically a gym-sized marching band show without the marching band,” said Assistant Band Director Daniel Modenbach, who is leading the Dutchtown match. “The percussion routines include marching and choreography, and the guard performances are set to music and can range from slow and elegant to fast-paced and dramatic. There are colorful uniforms and props such as flags and rifles to keep the audience entertained.”
Band Director Sheily Bell said the show highlights the students’ hard work.
“The drum line and color guard show is very exciting to watch,” she said. “Its amazing to see the achievements in the groups from each event to the next. We are so proud of our Dutchtown color guard and their accomplishments.”
The percussion groups perform the first half of the day, and winter guards perform the second half. Awards will be presented at 1:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., respectively. Each performance is spaced about 10 minutes apart, and there are breaks throughout the day.
St. Amant High School is set to perform at 4:43 p.m. and Dutchtown at 7:27 p.m.
For information and a performance schedule, visit www.lmcgpc.org.