Chester J. Daigle II
Now playing: "Exodus" by George Howard
Godsey, a Westlake High School honor graduate, plays tenor saxophone and plans to attend McNeese State University in the fall where he will major in music education. An inherent leader with natural talent, Irrik Godsey has for several years been a part of the District V Honor Band and Jazz Honor Band. In addition, he received Best in Class A Drum Major at the McNeese March Festival in 2011 and at the Sulphur Marching Festival in 2010. He is the son of David Godsey.
MARSHALL SIMIEN III
Simien, a St. Louis Catholic High School graduate, plays tenor saxophone and plans to attend Louisiana State University in the fall where he will major in pre-medicine with a minor in music. An inherent leader with natural talent, Marshall J. Simien III has for several years been a part of many music organizations such as the Marching Band Performance at Disney World, District Honor Band, Louisiana All-Star Jazz Band, Louisiana District V Jazz Band and many more. In addition, his community service is equally impressive. He is a member of the Lake Charles Community Band; Jr. Knights of St. Peter Claver; Lake Charles Youth Orchestra; Sacred Heart Jr. Step Team; and Abraham’s Tent Feed the Homeless Community Service. He is the son of Marshall Jr. and Paula Simien.
Bridges, a Sulphur High School graduate, plays trumpet and plans to attend McNeese State University in Music Education. Jacob's impressive background displays his love for music and being involved with the community. Throughout his school years he has received numerous music awards, such as Superior ratings in band ensemble and solo competitions, the Erik Gamborg Memorial Award, and the Pacesetter Award. He is a member of District V Honor Band (1st Chair), Sulphur High School Band, where he served as Librarian and the Brass Captain, All-State Concert Band, District V Honor Jazz Band (1st Chair 4 years in a row), Honors Wind Symphony (All-Parish Band), First Baptist Church Sulphur Orchestra, FBCS Youth Lead Team, FBCS Praise Band, FBCS Handbell Choir, Boy Scouts (Troop 84), and a member of the Lake Charles Jazz Kats. Aside from school, band practices, and community service, Jacob worked as a Lawn Care and Maintenance Technician and the Trumpet Sub at Trinity Baptist Church.
Harrison, a Westlake High School graduate, plays saxophone and plans to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He plan to major in Computer Engineering with a minor in Music. Kendall is a leader among his peers, with much respect. Kendall was Westlake High School Band saxophone section leader for four years. He is a member of the Tipitina's Internship Program, Jazz In The Arts Program, Jazz Band, Jazz Honor Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Combo Band, and Basketball Band. He was a part of the Honor Band for two years. He's won several awards including the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Mr. Ram Band, The Mason's Patriotism Award, McNeese Outstanding Soloist Award, Jazziest Junior Award, Foundation Class Graduate, the Exxon Mobile ISC All Academic Scholar Boys' Tennis Team Award, and the Chester J. Daigle II Music Scholarship. Aside from school Kendall plays for special occasions. He is also a member of the New Life International Church band.
2017 Scholarship Recipient
Sulphur High School
Billodeau, a Sulphur High School graduate, plays saxophone and plans to attend McNeese State University where he will major in Music Education. David was a SHS Band of Pride member and was Drum Major for two years and saxophone section leader for one year. He performed in the Louisiana All State Band for two years, the District V Honor Band for six years, and the District V Jazz Honor Band for four years. David has been a member of the Tipitina’s Youth Jazz Internship Program for the last two years. He won several awards in high school including the Bob Sweeny Award, The Director’s Award, the Knights of Columbus Patriotic Award, The Sulphur Mines Community Theatre Scholarship and the Chester J. Daigle II Music Scholarship. David has also been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for 11 years and received his Eagle Scout Award in 2014 after much hard work. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Sulphur where he enjoys volunteering as an Altar Server.
Carnes, a Sulphur High School Graduate, plays the tenor saxophone and plans to attend McNeese State University in Chemistry Management and Minor in Music Performance. Marcus was the Sulphur High School Band low reeds section leader for one year. He is a member of the Jazz Kats (Jazz in the Arts) Program and has been a part of the program since it’s inception. He was a member of the Tipitina’s Internship Program for 2 years, as well as, Sulphur High’s Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, Marching Band, and Dixie Land Jazz Band. He was a member of the District V Honor Bands for 4 years and was first chair overall his senior year. Marcus was also chosen as a member of the 2016 Lutheran National Youth Gathering Wind Symphony and performed before a crowd of 25,000 participants in the Louisiana Superdome. He has won several awards and they include the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, McNeese ‘s Academic Award, and the Chester J. Daigle II Music Scholarship. Marcus is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sulphur where he helps maintain the church grounds.