East Ascension High School’s Pride of EA won the best in class award Saturday at Dutchtown High School’s 10th annual Dutchtown Marching Band Competition.
More than 3,000 people attended the competition, which featured the halftime performances of 18 bands, including the show-stopping Spirit of Northwestern Demon marching band.
Ascension Parish bands earned high marks, with East Ascension earning all 1 s, as well as best in class for percussion and best in class overall, and St. Amant earning two 1s and a 2, as well as best in class for auxiliary and second place for best in class overall.
Because Dutchtown Sound hosted the event, the band did not compete but performed its “Picture This” halftime show, complete with picture frame props and dynamic choreography.
Parkway High School, of Bossier City, took the top prize, first place in best in class and grand champion of the entire competition.
“This is the 10th time we’ve hosted this festival, and we are very pleased with the turnout of supporters, participation of the bands and the results of their accomplishments,” said Sheily Bell, Dutchtown High School band director and festival organizer. “The all-day event gave bands from all over the state a chance to network, show their skills and take home honors. We are proud of everyone who participated.”
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., the competition started with the single-A class bands and worked its way up to the AAAA class bands before Dutchtown Sound performed and Northwestern State University closed out the night. The college band brought volume, spelled out “demon” in formation and concluded its performance around 8 p.m. with a blaring send-off from the sidelines mere feet away from the stands, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd.
Bell said she looks forward to hosting the festival again next year. For now, Dutchtown Sound is gearing up to compete at the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands competition, the largest of its kind, on Nov. 8 at University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Cajun Field.
Results of the Dutchtown Marching Competition are as follows:
CLASS A: Port Allen High School, second place best in class; Central High School, auxiliary best in class, percussion best in class and best in class overall
CLASS AA: New Iberia High School, third place best in class; Erath High School, auxiliary best in class, percussion best in class and second place best in class overall; St. Thomas M ore High School, best in class overall
CLASS AAA: Sam Houston High School, third place best in class overall; Fontainebleau High School, percussion best in class and second place best in class overall; East Ascension High School, auxiliary best in class and best in class overall
CLASS AAAA: Walker High School, third place best in class overall; St. Amant High School, auxiliary best in class and second place best in class overall; Parkway High School, percussion best in class and first place best in class overall, as well as grand champion for the entire competition