De La Salle High School marching band wins acclaim in competitions _lowres

Photo provided by De La Salle High School—The 2015-2016 De La Salle Marching Band includes, front row from left, band director Duncan Pray, Tyler Guzzardo, Trevor Mills, drum major Jenna Vidrine, junior drum major Nyasha Brown, Alyssa Marks, Noah Hemelt and music intern Jackson Delany. In the second row are Emma Seither, Gabe Becker, Anna Sedlacek, Matthew Courcelle, Jensen Thomassie, Julia Smith and Ryan Oufnac. In the third row are Gabe France, Joey Laborde, Elizabeth Maurin, Steven Mylie, Kelten Gonzales and Brandon Gauthier. In the fourth row are Ricky Williamson, Jack Dugas, Ron Jones, Zack Frye, Bennett DeSalvo, Nathan Mylie and Matthew Theriot. Liam MacMahon, Henry Fairbanks and Mateo Rivera are also members of the band.

The De La Salle High School marching band earned Superior and Excellent ratings in two recent competitions.

At the Morgan City Tiger Classic Marching Festival, the percussion section earned a first-place Superior rating, and the drum major and band earned a second-place Excellent ratings.

Then, in the District VI Louisiana Music Educators Association marching assessment at East Jefferson High School, drum major Jenna Vidrine earned a Superior rating, and the percussion section and the entire band earned Excellent ratings.

“I am very pleased with these showings,” band director Duncan Pray said, “and I hope by Mardi Gras that the size will have increased with our younger players coming into the marching band in the second semester.”