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CHS Performers Receive Superior Ratings at LMEA Competition


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Date: 11/02/2022

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CHS Performers Receive Superior Ratings at LMEA Competition

Chalmette, LA - Practice not only makes perfect, it can result in Superior ratings. That was the lesson shared when two of the Chalmette High School performing groups took part in the recent Louisiana Music Educators Association Marching Band Competition. The CHS band and the school dance team, the Charmers, earned scores of “1” in all categories of performance, the highest score given by the judges. 

Kaleb Lambert, the band director, said these Superior ratings validate the group’s commitment to excellence. 

“To perform at the same level as some of the biggest programs in the area really puts us on the map,” he said. “It really shines a positive light on our school and all of the hard work we put in the band room.”

The group performance was a New Orleans-themed one, featuring four songs, highlighting the jazz culture of the area. Lambert said the group began prepping for the show at the annual band summer camp. 

“We began with marching fundamentals, and it all came together on the night of the competition,” he said. 

Lambert was also quick to offer kudos to the Charmers for their effort and teamwork. 

“It takes months of work to make a 10-minute show,” he said. “When you put that kind of time and effort into something, it's one of the greatest feelings in the world to be successful and reach that ultimate goal of all Superiors.”

Charmer coach Jill Mitchell said the group also performed this routine at the American Dance/Drill Halftime Showcase Competition.

“We received the highest score at this competition as well, which is a true testament to the sharpness of movement and unity of the team,” she said. “We really enjoy working with the band and look forward to future performances like our annual fundraiser, A Charming Night, taking place on November 18.” 

The two groups will also collaborate at the annual CHS Christmas show. Principal Wayne Warner said these groups are just two examples of the great things that take place at CHS each day.

“The band and the Charmers this year continue its legacy of excellence,” he said. “It is really great to see so many of our students shine in competitions and on stage. We are really proud of them and their coaches and offer our gratitude to all of our parents who support our school.”

School President Clifford Englande also offered his congratulations on behalf of the Board. 

“It is truly gratifying to see our students represent our school and community so well,” he said. “Our Board continues to promote all of the good things in St. Bernard and will continue to provide the very best facilities and opportunities for all of our students. Congratulations to all, and Go Owls.”

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