2019 Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Interested band directors should email mcneeseband@mcneese.edu to request/reserve a performance slot. The first 25 bands to request participation will be accepted.  Our championship is limited to 25 bands.

----Entry Form Deadline is October 1----

Tickets are sold at the gate: Adults $10 / Children under 12 $5

Click here for the information packet and festival format description

Entry form for HS Directors

Cowboy Stadium - McNeese State University

Lake Charles, Louisiana

The 16,000-seat Cowboy Stadium at McNeese State University

The 16,000-seat Cowboy Stadium at McNeese State University

2019 Performance Schedule - TBA

Normal starting time is approximately 2pm, with the final competing band at 8:45pm


The Lake Charles Toyota Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship (formerly the "Showdown at Sundown") is hosted each year in late October/early November by the McNeese State University Cowboy Marching Band.  This Saturday high school marching band festival is held in the beautiful Cowboy Stadium on the McNeese campus.  

This is a festival/competitive format, with bands receiving both ratings (music, visual, GE, color guard, percussion, & overall band) and competitive scoring within captions and classes.  Trophies are awarded for:

General Participation Plaque

Superior Rating in each caption (Music, Visual, GE, Perc, Guard)

High Music, Visual, GE, Percussion, & Guard within classes

High Music, Visual, GE, Percussion & Guard overall

Top 3 scoring band in each class

Top 5 overall scoring bands

Band Classifications are based on the total number of marching winds + marching percussion:

A -  1-40

2A-  41-80

3A-  81-120

4A-  121+

2019 Judges:

Judges will be announced shortly

Entry Fee:  $275

RSVP to jsconyers@mcneese.edu to secure a performance slot.