Northwestern State University’s Demon Heat Winter Guard members are raising money to buy performance costumes for the 2023 winter competition season.

“Our production is called ‘Illuminate’ and it’s about growth in our program and finding the light through the tough,” said Jena Elfer, who along with David Steele, directs the 24-member team of performers from Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.  “We are both alumni of the Demon Heat and happy to help the program stay alive.”

The costumes run about $165 per student on top of other fees incurred with competition.

“This season is our biggest chance to recruit new members for our upcoming Fall 2023 team,” Elfer said. “We’ve already raised about 45 percent of the total cost, so we are just looking for an extra boost in spreading the word. Having these costumes would change the overall appeal of the production. We would be grateful for any donations available.”

For more information, contact Elfer at or (504)559-8526.

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