For the first time in a decade, the Natchitoches Central High School “Pride of the Tribe” Marching Band competed in a marching competition. The NCHS Band participated in the Many Marching Contest at Many High School on Oct. 26. The band received ratings of Excellent in Auxiliary, Percussion, and Band.
“I am thrilled to bring the band back to the competitive marching circuit, and I am so pleased with how these students performed and represented Natchitoches Central and the community,” said Band Director Aleisa Hudlow. “I can’t wait to see how this outstanding group of musicians develops over the upcoming years!”
“We worked so hard for our performance and we were amazing,” said drum major Taylor Lomas. “We did the first step and God did the next,” added drum major Layla Raymond.
Staff for the Pride of the Tribe includes director Aleisa Hudlow, assistant director Dr. Jeremy Dowden, colorguard instructor Cady Cassels, and student teachers Francisco Ballestas and Jorge Muñoz. Student leaders include drum majors Taylor Lomas and Layla Raymond, band captains Jaheim Thompson and Daniel Woodel, and section leaders Andy Ayala, Rebekkah Thomas, Eric Martinez, Daniel Woodel, and Ja’Vion Patterson. The drum captain is Chris Logan, and drum co-captain is Daylon Lucas. Colorguard captains are Charia Ratliff and Mariah Robinson, and colorguard co-captains are Ga’lecia Bell and Chyra Washington. Quartermasters for the band include Katherine Hughes, Rashaun Bayonne, Wesley Clark, and Kristalyn Edwards. Librarians for the band include Terrianna Thomas, Mariana Martinez, and Elizabeth Randolph.
Pictured from left are Jaheim Thompson, Mariah Robinson, Taylor Lomas, Layla Raymond, Charia Ratliff, and Daniel Woodel.