Dancing, flag twirling, marching and music were the order of the day as thirty-three high school bands with over 3,000 band members from Texas and every corner of Louisiana converged on Northwestern State University’s Turpin stadium for the 2019 Classic on the Cane High School Band Competition. The competition, a longtime tradition of the area high school band scene, is in its 31st year. The Classic on the Cane is a superb opportunity for the bands to showcase their abilities and spend a day in friendly competition with fellow musicians. Shreveport’s The Band House was one of the event’s major sponsors as they have been for the past 5 years.
Each marching band gave a half-time type performance and was graded on several factors relating to marching, performing and musicality. The east side of Turpin stadium was filled to capacity with the band members’ 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 well over half of the band directors at the competition are NSU alumni.
The Classic on the Cane has been a feature of the high school marching band scene for the past 31 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. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. The performers and their families are welcome to download any they wish with our compliments. We are looking forward to next year’s contest!