Dutchtown Sound has strong showing at competition _lowres

Photo provided by Dutchtown High School Band -- The Dutchtown Sound earned all 1’s at the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands at Cajun Field in Lafayette on Nov. 8.

The Dutchtown Sound earned sweepstakes distinction with all 1s, or superior ratings, in the annual Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands at Cajun Field in Lafayette on Nov. 8.

The approximately 180-member Dutchtown High School marching band was evaluated in the categories of band, auxiliary, percussion and drum major.

“I couldn’t be any more proud of the students’ accomplishments this year,” said director Sheily Bell, who leads the group with assistant director Daniel Modenbach. “They improved throughout the year and had a successful marching season. The last performance was their best run.”

Thirty-four bands participated in this year’s competition, capped off with a performance from the University of Louisiana’s Pride of Acadiana marching band. Because of rainy weather, the event was postponed from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, but attendance and enthusiasm were as high as the scores.

The Dutchtown Sound performed its “Voyage to the New World” show, based on music by composer Antonín Dvorák and arranged by Steve Martin, Aaron Hines and Dan Bryan. It featured lots of visual and musical contrast, with props such as captain’s wheels, pirate’s swords and a final, conquering flag posted atop of a mountain’s peak, a news release said.

“Mr. Modenbach and I are very excited about the upcoming concert season as we continue to build on our successes,” Bell said. “We would like to thank our staff, officers and parents for the countless hours of work that they’ve put in to make this endeavor such a huge success.”