The Showcase of Southeast Texas
The Lamar marching band, titled The Showcase of Southeast Texas, performs at all home football games and select away games. Directed by Dr. Eric Shannon, the marching band performs for thousands of fans and alumni each year at football games and exhibition performances in Texas and Louisiana.
As the The Showcase of Southeast Texas is open to all Lamar University students, it is comprised of music majors and non-music majors alike. In fact, there are more than 35 majors or specific fields of study represented in the band. The band marches both traditional military and contemporary corps styles. The Showcase, which is comprised of woodwind and brass members, drum line, color guard, and twirlers, often performs alongside Lamar University’s Dance Team. All members receive a $400 scholarship at the completion of their first season. That amount increases incrementaly the longer a student participates in the band.
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Color Guard & Twirling Line
The LU Color Guard and Twirling Line are an integral parts of The Showcase of Southeast Texas that enhance the band's performances with color and visual excitement. The groups perform as part of the pre-game and halftime shows for every home football game, as well as select away games and exhibition performances. The two squads are comprised of diligent and motivated individuals who love to dance, spin, and twirl with a combination of poised body movements and precisely executed equipment routines.
The Showcase of Southeast Texas is the most visible organization on the Lamar campus, and the Color Guard and Twirling Line are responsible for providing a dynamic flair, all the while cultivating friendship among the amazing young people who comprise each squad. As a member of one of these groups, you will meet new people, travel to new places, and have the experience of a lifetime! The Color Guard and Twirling Line are open to all Lamar University students and members are selected through audition. Each member receives a $300 scholarship at the completion of the season.
Percussion: Drum Line and Front Ensemble
Lamar University boasts one of the nation's finest collegiate drum lines. Consisting of more than 40 enthusiastic and hardworking students, the drum line is an integral part of the LU marching band and provides the rhythmic foundation for the band. The drum line performs at pre-game and halftime shows at every home football game, as well as select away games and exhibition performances. The drum line is primarily taught by Travis Fife, and the front ensemble is primarily taught by Matt Holm.
Members of the drum line also perform for select shows as the Front Ensemble. The Front Ensemble consists of all pit percussion including xylophones, vibraphones, marimbas, cymbals, and electronics.
For information regarding joining the drum line please contact Travis Fife, Director of Marching Percussion.