How sweet the sound

Hahnville High’s marching band makes school history at state showcase

Heather R. Breaux
November 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

How sweet the sound
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Each year, over 35 high school bands from across Louisiana travel to Cajun Field in Lafayette to compete in the Louisiana Showcase of the Marching Bands.

This year the Hahnville High School marching band performed exceptionally well and was awarded third place at the showcase.

In the 19-year history of this competition, this is the best rank the HHS band has ever received. The previous best was fourth place in 2006 and the band ranked thirteenth last year.

“Our goal this year was to get into the top ten, but no one thought that we would rank this high,” said Director David Rosenthal. “I believe that the band members were stunned when they heard their name called out for third place.”

Rosenthal points out that the kids are still on an emotional “high” from their success.

“They are very proud of what they have accomplished, as they should be and deserve to be,” he said. “I think that most of them would tell you that this ranks as one of the highlights of their high school tenure.”

Rosenthal attributes this year’s ranking to a combination of a great music and drill show, improved musical skills as well as marching skills, and most importantly, the band’s will to win.

“The band absolutely would not be denied and never let any setback, no matter how small or large, affect them or get in their way,” said Rosenthal.

“This is easily the most determined group of young people I have ever had the privilege of teaching. They wanted something and did everything possible to achieve their goal and in doing so, went further than even they thought was possible.”

Under the watchful eye of directors Rosenthal and Jasper Fahrig, the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands provided a great opportunity for the HHS band to perform for a large crowd and earn recognition and awards.

The choreographed show that carried the Tiger band to third place, “Biorythms,” is divided into three movements and performed at all football games and festivals.

Rosenthal adds that the band also performed at the Morgan City Tiger Classic Marching Festival and the District VII Marching Festival.

“At both of these we received an overall superior rating along with our drum majors, drum line and auxiliary,” he said. “We still have our district concert band performances coming up, but that’s not until March 2009. After that, hopefully we’ll be at the state music festival - but you have to earn the right to be there by rating superior at district.”

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