There are six new trophies in the East Ascension High School trophy case.
The band won the Reserve Grand Champion award at the Nov. 3 Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands at Cajun Field in Lafayette, director Patti Roussel said.
The band competed against 32 other bands from around the state in the event co-sponsored by Lafayette Music and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Pride of Acadiana Marching Band.
“This is the best we’ve ever done in a marching competition,” Roussel said. “It’s a pretty big deal.”
The EA band, know as the Pride of EA, finished in the first round of competition with superior ratings or scores of one in band, color guard, percussion and drum major categories.
The St. Amant and Dutchtown bands also earned superior ratings and sweepstakes awards for the first round of competition.
But, after performing a second time, East Ascension walked away with a score of 91.83, bested only by Lafayette High’s 97.73 score, according to the event’s website.
St. Amant finished in sixth place, the website reports.
Drum major Hope Ramoin called the event exciting performing before more than 6,000 people in Cajun Field, and worth the long hours of practice.
Roussel said the band members practiced “hundreds of hours” in preparation for the event.
The band performed its “Seasons” routine.
“They’ve been practicing since July and it was all worth it,” she said.
Roussel and assistant band director Victor Drescher are now turning their attentions to concert season.