Marching bands from Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant high schools were recognized during a November Ascension Parish Council meeting for excellence in competition during the 2012 Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands, parish officials said.

Each year more than 30 high school bands from across the state compete at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Cajun Field.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez presented representatives from the three schools with parish Certificates of Achievement for their accomplishments at the Lafayette competition.

“You all do a lot and work hard,” Martinez said. “The football players and basketball players get a lot of recognition but this is a night to honor you guys. We appreciate you and what you do for our community in giving of yourselves.”

The East Ascension High School Band, under the direction of Patti Roussel, placed second overall statewide to become Reserve Grand Champion.

The St. Amant High School Band, directed by Craig Millet, placed sixth overall and received superior ratings for band, auxiliary, percussion, drum majors and individual marching.

The Dutchtown High School Band, directed by Sheily Bell, placed second in Class 4-A while receiving a superior rating. Two drum majors won their classifications, Bell said.

She said the auxiliary section received a superior rating while the percussion section received a superior rating and placed second.