‘Rhythm on the Route’ band winners named _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza -- The Brother Martin High School band marches as the Krewe of Excaliber rolls though the streets of Metairie on Feb. 6. Brother Martin High School band earned $3,000 and top honors for their performance.

This year’s Carnival season in Jefferson Parish featured a “Rhythm on the Route” battle of the bands, in which marching bands competed for prize money and the distinction of being named the best.

Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville took the most prize money this Carnival season. Fontainebleau’s band was selected as the top band in the Krewe of Caesar and Corps de Napoleon parades. The Bulldogs won a total of $6,000 for their musical and marching talents.

Other bands earning top honors and $3,000 each were: Brother Martin High School (the Krewe of Excalibur), McDonogh 35 High School (the Krewe of Athena), Central Lafourche High School (the Krewe of Centurions), Ponchatoula High School (the Krewe of Isis) and Band of Excellence (the Krewe of Argus).

The winning bands earned first-place honors and a check for $3,000 per parade; second place was awarded $2,000 per parade; and third place won $1,000 per parade. A total of $41,000 in prize money was distributed to 17 schools.

The contest is sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Council member Cynthia Lee-Sheng’s office and managed by the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau. A list of the top three honored bands for each parade follows:

KREWE OF EXCALIBUR: Brother Martin High School, first; Donaldsonville High School, second; Bonnabel High School, third.

KREWE OF ATHENA: McDonogh 35, first; West Jefferson, second; Landry-Walker, third.

KREWE OF CAESAR: Fontainebleau, first; Archbishop Rummel-Chapelle, second; Bonnabel, third.

KREWE OF CENTURIONS: Central Lafourche, first; Archbishop Rummel, second; Riverside, third.

KREWE OF ISIS: Ponchatoula, first; Belle Chasse Academy, second; Grace King High School, third.

CORPS DE NAPOLEON: Fontainebleau, first; Towers High School, second; Bay High School, third.

ARGUS: Band of Excellence, first; East Jefferson High School, second.