By Kevin Shannahan
Dancing, flag twirling, marching and music were the order of the day as thirty-two high school bands with approximately 3,500 band members from every corner of Louisiana and one from Texas converged on Northwestern State University’s Turpin stadium for the 2018 Classic on the Cane high school band competition. The competition, in its 30th year, was a chance for the bands to showcase their abilities and spend a day in friendly competition with fellow musicians.
Each marching band gave a half-time type performance and was graded on several factors relating to marching and musicality. The east side of Turpin stadium was filled to capacity with the band member’s families and supporters who enthusiastically waved signs and cheered on their favorite bands.
NSU’s Spirit of Northwestern band gave the last performance of the evening, a high energy production that drew repeated applause from the crowd. It is a sign of both NSU’s excellence and service to our state that over half of the band directors at the competition were NSU alumni.
The Classic on the Cane has been a feature of the high school marching band scene for the past 30 years. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is looking forward to seeing some of the superb young musicians at the competition coming to NSU to continue their education. We are looking forward to next year’s contest!