The Lake Charles Toyota Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship

Saturday, October 28, 2017

1:45- First Band / 1:00- Gates Open

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

Entry form for HS Directors

2017 Performance Schedule


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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-  41-70

3A-  71-99

4A-  100+

2017 Judges:

Ensemble Music: Mr. Mark Richard, Houston, TX

Ensemble Visual: Dr. Debra Traficante, Atlanta, GA

GE: Dr. Christopher Heffner, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Percussion: Mr. Joe Fant, Fairhope, Alabama

Guard/Aux: Mr. Mark Rivero, New Orleans, LA

Entry Fee:  $275

RSVP to jjacobs@mcneese.edu to secure a performance slot.  Entry forms will be mailed/emailed in August.

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