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Pride of McNeese Marching Band Selected for Honor

January 26, 2018 | McNeese Public Relations
McNeese Band stands in front of Big Ben and Parliament in London.
© Licensed to 01/01/2018 London, UK. U.S marching bands and cheerleaders taking part in the New Years's Day Parade, London, UK Photo credit Simon Jacobs

McNeese State University’s Pride of McNeese Marching Band is one of six university marching bands selected for video performance at the 2018 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southern Division Conference Feb. 22-24 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The CBDNA Southern Division, which includes universities from 11 states, invites performance applications every other year and selects finalists through a juried selection process, with a panel of college band directors acting as judges.

The Pride of McNeese Marching Band was selected for the video performance along with Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida.

“To be chosen through a juried selection process is in itself a major accomplishment,” said Jay N. Jacobs, director of bands at McNeese. “This type of recognition puts our university and our band programs on the national stage.”

The Pride of McNeese Marching Band was on the international stage recently as the band led the 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade as one of only two university marching bands from the United States invited to perform in this prestigious event.

McNeese submitted one of its four 2017 shows titled “Dangerous.” The show included arrangements of Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous,” “Smooth Criminal,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Leave Me Alone.”

Music arrangements for the show were made by McNeese alumnus, Tim McMillen, and McNeese Interim Department Head and Assistant Professor of Percussion, Lonny Benoit. Other instructional band staff includes Cortney Lyon, color guard instructor, and Jay Sconyers, assistant director of bands.