2018 Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Interested band directors should email mcneeseband@mcneese.edu to request/reserve a performance slot. The first 25 bands to request participation will be accepted.  Our championship is limited to 25 bands.

----Entry Form Deadline is September 15----

Tickets are sold at the gate: Adults $10 / Children under 12 $5

Click here for the information packet and festival format description

Entry form for HS Directors

3:45- First Band / 3:00- Gates Open

Cowboy Stadium - McNeese State University

Lake Charles, Louisiana

The 16,000-seat Cowboy Stadium at McNeese State University

The 16,000-seat Cowboy Stadium at McNeese State University


The Lake Charles Toyota Gulf Coast Marching Band Championship (formerly the "Showdown at Sundown") is hosted each year in late October/early November by the McNeese State University Cowboy Marching Band.  This Saturday high school marching band festival is held in the beautiful Cowboy Stadium on the McNeese campus.  

This is a festival/competitive format, with bands receiving both ratings (music, visual, GE, color guard, percussion, & overall band) and competitive scoring within captions and classes.  Trophies are awarded for:

General Participation Plaque

Superior Rating in each caption (Music, Visual, GE, Perc, Guard)

High Music, Visual, GE, Percussion, & Guard within classes

High Music, Visual, GE, Percussion & Guard overall

Top 3 scoring band in each class

Top 5 overall scoring bands

Band Classifications are based on the total number of marching winds + marching percussion:

A -  1-40

2A-  41-80

3A-  81-120

4A-  121+

2018 Judges:

Ensemble Music: Nikki Gross, Auburn, AL

Ensemble Visual: Roger Marquis, Houston, TX

GE: Dr. Alton Royer, Houston, TX

Percussion: Travis Fife, Beaumont, TX

Guard/Aux: Randy Weaver, New Orleans, LA

Entry Fee:  $275

RSVP to jjacobs@mcneese.edu to secure a performance slot.  Entry forms will be mailed/emailed in August.