Marching Band F.A.Q.

Marching Band Uniforms


IMPORTANT INFO FOR 2017:

New Rehearsal Schedule for 2017
MWF 1:50pm - 3:10pm (The school schedule will say MW only, but we WILL rehearse Fridays.)
Tuesdays: 6:15pm - 8:15pm

Percussion: Attend LU Fall Audition/Drum Camp - August 17-19, 2017  
If you will live in the Dorms: Move-in at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17. E-Mail Dr. Shannon if you wish to live in the Band block of dorms (Monroe Hall). Include your L#, and your preferred roommate and their L#. 

LU Fall Marching Band Camp "Spirit Week" is August 21-26
Dorm move-in for the full band will be on Monday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m.

Music, schedules, and other information will be sent to your preferred e-mail from the Commitment Form this summer.

Questions? E-Mail: Dr. Eric Shannon.


Q: Why should I be in the LU marching band?

A: In addition to being an ambassador for the university and supporting Lamar Cardinal athletics, the reason to be in marching band is to be a part of something big! The goal of The Showcase of Southeast Texas marching band is to create a positive environment for students to be successful through music and physical fitness. The paradox of college marching band is that it can seem like it takes a lot of time, but because of how the time is spent, and whom it is spent with, the result is a chance to get better grades, have a broader base of support, and feel better about yourself. In the Lamar Marching Band, you’ll be in better physical shape, have more friends, attend more events, and make a lifetime of memories with other LU students who have similar interests.

  • Receive Scholarship money! (see section below).
  • Receive "Special Population" designation, meaning you can register for classes early!
  • Marching Band students can live in Monroe Hall, the newest Dormitory!
  • Travel with the Band and perform at Away Games and UIL Exhibitions.
  • Move to campus a week early, avoiding the congested nature of the regular dorm move-in day.
  • Receive complimentary LU Band apparel!
  • No need to fundraise or sell things!

The bottom line is that the marching band students are some of the friendliest and most motivated on campus. Will you be among them?


Q: How is being in the LU marching band similar or different from being in high school marching band?

A: In terms of similarities, most of the stuff that you probably love about band is all there: the music, marching, friends, travel, exercise, and being able to have that “home base” on campus. Plus, the directors are always here to help you in anyway possible. We care about our students and want to see them succeed!  

The main difference is that we do not compete at contest and rehearse about 40% less per week. Instead, as with professional popular and classical music, our performances are purely for the enjoyment of the audience and members, which we believe is maximized by demonstrating excellence in music and marching. Each season we perform several shows, rather than working on just one, which gives us a chance to play a wide range of music and connect with music lovers of all kinds.


Q: Do you have to audition to be in the marching band?

A: Anyone with previous marching band experience is welcome to be part of The Showcase of Southeast Texas, however, the Drumline, Color guard, and Twirling Line do require an audition for placement. 


Q: How do I join The Showcase of Southeast Texas marching band?

A: This may sound like an obvious answer, but to join marching band the first thing you need to do is become a Lamar Cardinal!

For Non-Music Majors:

Step 1: Begin the path to becoming a Lamar Student! For more information on how, visit beacardinal.lamar.edu

Step 2Complete the online LU Marching Band Commitment Form (found here). This information will let us know of your intentions to be in band and provide us with important information such as contact info, what instrument you play, etc.

Step 2A(For those who wish to be in Color Guard or on the Twirling Line) E-mail your respective instructor (Andrew Kier for Guard or Dina Bordelon for Twirlers). These units will be closed after the audition in May.

Step 3: Once accepted to the University, enroll in MULB 1175 Section 01 or 02, or Section 03 if you are a percussionist.

 

For Music Majors:

Step 1: Begin the path to becoming a Lamar Student! For more information on how, visit beacardinal.lamar.edu

Step 2: Visit the Admissions page and complete the necessary steps to become a music major.

Step 3: Complete the online LU Marching Band Commitment Form (found here). This information will let us know of your intentions to be in band and provide us with important information such as contact info, what instrument you play, etc.

Step 3A(For those who wish to be in Color Guard or on the Twirling Line) E-mail your respective instructor (Andrew Kier for Guard or Dina Bordelon for Twirlers). These units will be closed after the audition in May.

Step 4: Once accepted to the University, enroll in MULB 1175 Section 01 or 02, or Section 03 if you are a percussionist.


Q: How does one join the 2017 Color Guard or Twirling Line?

A: To join the either of these groups a person must audition. This gives interested students the opportunity to get meet our teams and be given instruction prior to the start of the football season. 

The simplest thing to do is just e-mail your respective instructor: Andrew Kier for Guard, Dina Bordelon for Twirlers.

 


Q: When does the marching band rehearse?

A: The marching band rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:50 to 3:10 p.m., and on certain Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The band also rehearses on football game days. Game day dress rehearsals take place at 9:00 a.m. in the Stadium.


Q: What style of marching technique do you use?

A: The band’s default marching technique is a corps style, 8 to 5, straight-leg technique. However, the band also frequently marches in the military style, utilizing a 6 to 5 step size, whistle commands, and marching in the direction of travel. All necessary fundamentals are taught during class time.


Q: Are scholarships available for students who wish to be in the LU marching band?

A: Yes. All students who complete a full season of marching band will receive a scholarship at the completion of the semester. For 2016, the amount for new marching members was $400, and $650 for second years, $750 for third years, and $1,000 for 4th years and up. If a student earns a leadership position, however, the award amount is $1250. To earn one’s full award, the student’s attendance record must meet the standards set forth in the course syllabus. Below is a complete list of the four stackable scholarship opportunities for being in the The Showcase of Southeast Texas:

1. Music Excellence Award For high GPA, SAT/ACT students, competitive. If awarded it is $4000/year ($2000 against tuition and $2000 against dorm costs, student must live in Cardinal Village)  

2. Non-Music Major Presidential Award For exemplary non-majors who participate in marching band, competitive. ($500, fall semester only)

3. Marching Band Scholarship For all who participate in Marching Band. ($400/650/750/1000, fall semester only)

4. Department of Music Scholarships - Primarily for music majors, but also for non-major students who will play in Department of Music concert ensembles, competitive. (varies, depending on student playing abilities, one must perform a music audition in person. E-Mail Dr. Eric Shannon at eshannon@lamar.edu for more information about this scholarship.)

To pursue your full scholarship potential with the Lamar Bands, sign up for a scholarship audition. Be sure to provide your Cumulative GPA (and on what scale), your ACT or SAT scores, your class rank, and a short resume of your accomplishments. 


Q: When does the marching band begin rehearsing?

A: Marching Band “Spirit Week” begins one week before classes start. For 2017, Spirit Week begins on Monday, August 21. This week is a combination of social activities, music rehearsals, marching fundamental practice, and show learning. For 2017, the student leadership team will meet on Saturday, August 19 for a workday and leadership activities.


Q: Will the LU marching band travel to perform at football games?

A: We perform at all home football games and no more than two away games. We also give exhibition performances at UIL Region and Area competitions.