The Mustang Marching Band’s Visit to New Orleans


Since 1938, the Mustang Marching Band of Clifton High School has left an impressionable mark on its audiences. Whether the band plays at the Clifton Stadium or in a mile-long parade, their enthusiasm always tends to liven up the environment. In September’s CHS Open House, the band played “Take On Me,” a song by A-ha, that created a motivational and positive tone alluding to the introduction of the school while also bringing back a sense of nostalgia for accompanying parents. 

Not only does the Mustang Marching Band know how to connect and appeal to their audience, they also make events throughout the community very memorable. At Clifton Recreation’s most recent Harvest Fest, which was held at the CHS gym due to wet weather, the groups of band members marched into their spotlight, dressed up adhering to a certain theme of their group, as part of the costume competition. After each group gathered, with themes ranging from historical landmarks to zoo animals, the band began to once again, light up the scene.

From February 10-14, the Mustang Marching Band, under the direction of Bryan Stepneski, will be on a big adventure, illuminating the scene in New Orleans, Louisiana. Departing CHS at 2 am early this morning, the Mustang Marching Band flew to New Orleans, just in time for the annual Mardi Gras parade schedule, which is heavily celebrated in Southern Louisiana as it marks the closure of the pre-Lenten season.

Image/Jeana Rivas - L to R: Alesia, Jorge, and Nick

The Mustang Marching Band will march in two significant parades, the Krewe of Thoth parade and the Super Krewe of Rex parade. The Krewe of Thoth parade is on Sunday, February 11 and coverage begins at 11 am. You can watch the live stream HERE. The Rex parade is on Fat Tuesday, February 13. Coverage begins at 8 am and the live stream will be HERE.

When they aren’t busy marching in these five-miles-long parades, high-stepping and playing their hearts out, the Mustang Marching Band will be getting plenty of local culture and flavor. On their busy itinerary are places such as the French Quarter, one of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods, the St. Louis Cemetery, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum. On Monday, February 12, the jazz band will be performing at the Oak Valley Plantation, a national historical landmark known for its agriculture and landscaping.

“I am super duper excited to see the alligators on the swamp tour,“ said piccolo player Irais Marin.

The band’s Quartermaster, Isabel Cohn, said, “I am so thankful for this one-of-a-kind opportunity.”

Majorette Casey Wellins added, “I am very excited for the trip and the experiences, especially the cemetery.”

Image/Jeana Rivas - Isabel Cohn with mom Angel Madison, who drove the band's equipment all the way to New Orleans!

The Mustang Marching Band managed to finance this trip through parent support and a multitude of fundraisers. These fundraisers included selling sandwiches, chocolates, and cheesecakes. There were also fundraising events held through Smash Burger and Krispy Kreme. The band thanks the community for its support as they worked to raise the needed funds for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Stay tuned for a photo story with highlights from their time in New Orleans!

2 am and the band is boarding for their trip to the airport. Bon voyage!
Isabel Cohn, the Quarter Master for the band, is packed and ready!
Here we come, New Orleans!
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