The CBDNA Southern Division, which includes universities from 12 states, invites performance applications every other year, according to Dr. Jay Jacobs, director of bands at McNeese. “Selected concert bands perform live at the divisional conference, while selected marching bands - whose seasons are over - have their performances presented at the conference in video format.”
The “Pride of McNeese” marching band, which includes 131 members, was selected for the video performance along with Clemson University, Georgia State University, Mississippi State University and the University of South Alabama.
Jacobs said the Clemson band has over 260 members, Mississippi State over 300 members, Georgia State lists 140+ and South Alabama has over 200.
“I do think this shows that our marching band matches up with university marching bands of any size, in terms of performance quality (musicianship/marching) and program design/creativity,” he said.
Jacobs submitted one of the marching band’s four 2011 shows titled “City Nights.” The show included arrangements of George Gershwin’s “April in Paris,” “Show Me How You Burlesque,” from the motion picture, “Burlesque,” Michael Buble’s version of “Feeling Good” and music from the Broadway show “City of Angels.”
All of the show music was arranged by Tim McMillen, assistant marching band director and alumnus, and Lonny Benoit, McNeese assistant professor of music, drum line instructor and percussion arranger. Other instructional band staff includes Jacobs,
Cortney Lyon, colorguard instructor, and Megan Walden, feature twirler instructor.