Lourdes marching band stands alone

Posted at: 10/14/2012 11:17 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Lourdes marching band stands in a category all it's own.

The only competitive marching band left in Rochester, it prides itself on discipline, hard work, and their 14-year tradition of winning. This year is no different. 

"We are a competitive marching band, which means we compete in different competitions throughout September and into October," said Michael Mangan, the Lourdes band director.

The Eagles placed first, second, or third, in almost every competition they entered this season in class AA. But it's more than just winning to them

"I think marching band is just nice because it's a lot of fun and you get to be in a good community of people, you get to meet a lot of people, travel, it's just overall a fun thing to be in," said senior vibraphone player Kayla Koranda.

"It's a great place to be, there's very positive energy and students really want to be there," said Mangan.

But you can't be as successful as the Eagles without a lot of hard work.

"It all comes down to students that can work together as a team, and they can achieve as a team," the director said, "they take a lot of individual responsibility."

"We try to really push ourselves and continue this level of excellence, and it all kind of starts with our instructors," said senior trumpet player Kyle Matthees. "Our instructors push pretty hard and we put in a lot of outside practice time and I think that's the reason we're successful."

Beyond that success, the Eagles marching band is a tight-knit group. About 17% of the school marches, making them one big, happy family.

"We spend a lot of time together so it is kind of like a family," said Matthees. "We have a great time, as well as working hard."

"We are, we're like a giant family, we get along very well," said Koranda. "Everybody loves each other in the band."