Local high school bands recognized at Parish Council meeting

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
East Ascension High School Marching Band representatives are shown from left to right, front row: Taylor Johnson, Megan Guy, Hope Ramoin, Karla Zepeda, Erik Aguillard, Rebecca Marchand, Whitney Guy, Emily Guy and Hunter Lambert. Back row: Band Director Patti Roussel, Assistant Band Director Victor Drescher, Joseph Bresowar, Jacob McBride, August Vidacovich, Jeremi Gilley, Dedrick Lewis, Jordan Bergeron and Anthony Smith.

Marching bands from Dutchtown High School, East Ascension High School and St. Amant High School were recognized during a November Ascension Parish Council meeting for excellence in competition during the 2012 Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands.

Each year more than 30 high school bands from across the state compete at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Cajun Field.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez presented representatives from the three schools with parish Certificates of Achievement.

"You all do a lot and work hard," said President Martinez. "The football players and basketball players get a lot of recognition but this is a night to honor you guys. We appreciate you and what you do for our community in giving of yourselves."

The East Ascension High School Band, under the direction of Patti Roussel, placed second overall statewide to become Reserve Grand Champion.

The St. Amant High School Band, directed by Craig Millet, placed sixth overall and received superior ratings for band, auxiliary, percussion, drum majors and individual marching.

The Dutchtown High School Band, directed by Sheily Bell, placed second in Class 4-A while receiving a Superior Rating and placing 16th overall statewide. Two drum majors won their classifications, Bell said.

She said the auxiliary section received a superior rating while the percussion section received a superior rating and placed second.