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‘Unbelievable’: Central Lafourche band named best in state

‘Unbelievable’: Central Lafourche band named best in state

It still doesn’t feel real for seniors in Central Lafourche High’s marching band. After years of coming in second place, they finally toppled the longstanding grand champion Lafayette High School to win the state title, and the trophy, for their own.

Senior drum major Sierra Price said she keeps waiting for someone to pull the rug from under them and take the trophy back. She had assumed the competition would end the same as any other year. Lafayette had been named the grand champion for 17 years straight.

“When they announced that Central Lafourche wasn’t second, it was one of the best moments of my life, honestly,” she said, recalling how the audience exploded into cheers and applause when Central Lafourche’s name was called. She had waited for it since she joined the Lancer Band her freshman year.

Brandi Griffin, a senior in the front ensemble who plays marimba, called the experience “unbelievable.”

Locally, H.L. Bourgeois High placed seventh and Terrebonne High placed ninth at the annual Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands State Championship. Thirty-five bands from across the state performed during the contest at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s football stadium.

For the past six months, the Central Lafourche students have dedicated their lives to the show, spending upwards of 400 hours rehearsing together.

“The kids just didn’t quit,” band Director Willie Martin said. “They had this quiet determination about them and worked their tails off.”

Central Lafourche has won in a division of similarly sized schools for the past six years.

Within their show, “The Last Straw,” at one point the wind and percussion sections portrayed birds while the costumed color guard acted like they were scarecrows.

“It was just really amazing to watch these students express themselves artistically like that,” he said.

“We have a really unique band community here at Central Lafourche,” Martin said. “The following and the support that we get from the community is second to none.”

“It was a win for everyone,” Price added, “and experiencing that with your closest friends, you couldn’t ask for anything better.”


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Halle Parker can be reached at or 857-2204. Follow her on Twitter, @_thehalparker.