The Showdown at Sundown

High School Marching Band Festival

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Times TBA (based on the Number Of Participating Bands)

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 High School Directors

2017 Performance Schedule (When available)


The Showdown at Sundown is hosted each year in late October/early November by the McNeese State University Cowboy Marching Band.  This Saturday evening high school marching band festival is held under the lights 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 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. Greg Torres, Thibodaux, LA

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 to secure a performance slot.  Entry forms will be mailed/emailed in August.