The 2023 Classic on the Cane Continues 34 Years of Musical Excellence!

Dancing, flag twirling, marching and music were the order of the day as 24 high school bands with several hundred musicians from every corner of Louisiana as well as East Texas converged on Northwestern State University’s Turpin stadium for the 2023 Classic on the Cane High School Band Competition. The competition, a longtime tradition among band programs in Louisiana and elsewhere, is in its 34th year. The Classic on the Cane is a superb opportunity for the bands to showcase their abilities and spend a day in friendly competition with fellow musicians.

Each marching band gave a half-time type performance and was graded on several factors relating to marching, performing and musicality. The east side of Turpin stadium was packed end to end with the band members’ families and supporters who enthusiastically waved signs and cheered their favorite bands.

The Many Tiger Band, 29 members strong under band director and local historian Scott Dubose, brought a superb, high energy show to the event. The Tiger Marching Band’s signature sounds are as much a part of fall in Sabine parish as the clash of football pads. Their hard work and dedication can be plainly seen each time they take the field.

The 265 members of NSU’s Spirit of Northwestern band gave the last performance of the evening, a high energy production of Broadway numbers that drew repeated applause from the crowd. It is a sign of both NSU’s excellence and service to our state that many of the band directors at the competition are NSU alumni.

The Classic on the Cane has been a fixture of the high school marching band scene for the past 34 years. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is looking forward to seeing some of the superb young musicians at the competition coming to NSU to continue their education. We are looking forward to next year’s contest!

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