After earning seven first-place awards in seven competitions, the La Plata High School Warrior Marching Band competed at the USBands A Class National Championships in Allentown, Pa., on Nov. 5, 2016.
The ensemble — under the direction of Susan Eckerle and led by drum major Brian Eckerle — earned fourth place in its division and received the Cadet Award of Excellence. The Cadet Award of Excellence is given to the band with the highest overall achievement in the areas of creativity, excellence and overall effect.
The Marching Warriors consist of six color guard members, four pit members and 12 instrumental marchers. Seniors in the ensemble include Eckerle, Jacob Barbone, Rachel Riege, Robert Yorio and Jacob Blankenship.