Port Allen’s marching band has joined the Louisiana Marching Band Circuit and will compete in several regional events as they try to qualify for the state championships.
If successful, the PAHS Band of Blue will compete for the LMBC Class A State Championship November 2.
According to band director William Mulina, this year's show is taking the band in a more competitive direction.
The show, entitled "From the Earth to the Moon," traces human flight from Kitty Hawk to Apollo 11. The band is adding a pit, front sideline musical instruments, to add color and suspense to the show.
The band boasts over 50 members this year, mostly juniors and seniors, 11 of which are color guard members under the instruction of Amy Triche. Last spring, the guard competed in winter guard competitions and came in 4th place out of 16 guards in the novice class.
The band has also recently hired a percussion instructor, Micah Blouin, who will oversee the battery; on field percussion; and the pit, off field percussion.
The Band of Blue has been meeting for practice since June, and members are now participating in a two week band camp at Port Allen High School.
“It provides an opportunity for the staff to have the kids focus on just the show and music with no distractions,” Mulina said. “The student leaders are responsible for the day to day operation of the band. From setting up equipment, taking roll, teaching fundamentals, they do it all. The staff is there for guidance, but I like to run a student oriented program.”