This has been a big year for local marching bands.
Two local high schools won their class state championships and five finished in the top 10 overall out of the 35 bands that competed at the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 3.
South Lafourche won the state title in Class AA and Central Lafourche was the top school in Class AAA at the competition.
Central Lafourche earned Reserve Grand Champion honors, or second place in the state overall, and South Lafourche finished fourth overall.
"It's a very big deal for South Lafourche High School," South Lafourche assistant band director Jared Boudreaux said. "It was the first time in school history that the band placed so high in the state."
It was also the fourth year in a row that South Lafourche placed in the top 10, also a first in the history of the program.
Thibodaux placed seventh in the state, H.L. Bourgeois finished eighth — second in Class AAA — and Terrobonne placed 10th.
Vandebilt Catholic finished second to South Lafourche in Class AA and won Best in Individual Class honors for its drum major.
South Lafourche took Class AA Best in Individual Class honors for auxiliary, percussion and band, with Vandebilt placing second in all three.
Central Lafourche earned Class AAA Best in Individual Class recognition in percussion and band, and placed second in auxiliary.
H.L. Bourgeois placed second in drum major and band.
Lafayette High was the Grand Champion of the event, with a score of 90.27, just 0.6 of a point ahead of Central Lafourche.