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Class of 2020: We Want You!


Are you in your senior year of high school?  Are you looking for a university that offers a superior academic environment AND an amazing college band experience at an extremely affordable price?  If so, we believe you are looking for McNeese State University, and we are definitely looking for you!  While hundreds of universities offer almost exactly the same ensembles to their students, we believe our experiences are truly unique.  Once you meet our students, see our state-of-the-art facilities, and get to know our faculty members, we think you will be very surprised with what THIS mid-sized state university has to offer. You will LOVE the personalized experience here which will prepare you for your next step in education or your career.  

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Honor Bands, Camps & Festivals


McNeese State University offers several exciting opportunities for current High School Band Students. From our All-Star High School Marching Band event every September, to our regional honor bands and our annual Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship, we have great opportunities for you to visit campus and interact with our current McNeese students.  We want you to come back to see us again, and again, and again!  

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The McNeese Band Experience


There is something for everyone here at McNeese.  Participate in as many or as few ensembles as you like.  The Pride of McNeese provides the excitement of the fall football seasons, with the Cowboy Basketball Band heating up the court in the winter/spring.  Two concert bands, jazz ensemble, percussion ensembles and numerous chamber ensembles round out a wide variety of performance (and scholarship!) opportunities.

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The 2017 Pride of McNeese Cowboy Marching Band Introduction Video, featuring members of our leadership team!