Marching Band

The Showcase of Southeast Texas

John Ellis, 2017 Head Drum Major (Photo 2015) Field shot TAM Flute and Percussion - Texans Halftime 2016 Patriotic Flags - Oct. 15, 2016 Two Trumpets Georgie Jacobs - Ls Up singing Alma Mater Locked Arms 2015 Pink Ribbon 2015 Snares Randall Pointing
The Showcase of Southeast Texas Brands

The Lamar University marching band, titled The Showcase of Southeast Texas, performs at all home football games and select away games. Directed by Dr. Eric Shannon, the LU Marching Band performs for thousands of fans and alumni each year at football games and exhibition performances in Texas and Louisiana. For more information, including how to join, please view our: 

Frequently Asked Questions 

2017 LU Marching Band Commitment Form


Fall Band Camp, (a.k.a. "Spirit Week"):
August 21-25, 2017
Percussion Dorm Move-in: August 17 at 8:00 a.m. (for Drum Camp)
Winds, Guard, Twirler Dorm Move-in: August 21 at 8:00 a.m.



About the Showcase

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 45 majors or specific fields of study represented in the band, which is made up of students from 78 high schools nationwide. The band primarily marches contemporary corps style, but does incorporate elements from the military tradition. 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 incrementally the longer a student participates in the band.

Recent Major Performances:

  • 2016 - Houston Texans Halftime Performance
  • 2016 - McNeese State Away Game
  • 2016 - University of Houston Away Game
  • 2015 - The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Halftime
  • 2015 - UIL Region 10 Marching Contest
  • 2014 - UIL Area F Marching Contest
  • 2014 - UIL Region 10 Marching Contest
  • 2014 - Texas A&M Halftime Performance
  • 2013 - Louisiana Tech Away Game
  • 2012 - UIL Region 10 Marching Contest
  • 2011 - UIL Region 10 Marching Contest
  • 2010 - Marching Band Reestablished

Color Guard & Twirling Line


E-Mail: Andrew Kier for Guard, Dina Bordelon for Twirlers

Skills Clinic 1 - May 2, 2017  /  6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Guard Location: LU Campus, HHPA Gym
Twirler Location: LU Music Building Rehearsal Hall

Skills Clinic 2 - May 13, 2017  (Twirler Only)
Twirler Location: HHPA Gym / 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Audition - May 20, 2017
Clinic: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  /  Audition 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Clinic locations will be the same as May 2. Audition will be in the HHPA Gym.


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 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! Color Guard and Twirling Line members are selected through audition. Each member receives a $400 scholarship after their first year, a $600 scholarship after their second year, and a $750 scholarship after their third year and onward.

Percussion: Drumline and Front Ensemble


1. Fill out the LU Marching Band Commitment Form. This gives your information to Dr. Holm and Dr. Shannon.

2. Enroll in Marching Band: MULB 1175, Section 03.

3. 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#. 

4. Attend LU Fall Marching Band Camp - August 21-26

Download your audition packet:
2017 LU Percussion Packet - DRUMLINE
2017 LU Percussion Packet - FRONT ENSEMBLE

Videos of the exercises can be found at our YouTube channel.

Questions? E-Mail: Dr. Matt Holm.

Winners of the PASIC 2015 Drumline standstill division, Lamar University boasts one of the nation's finest collegiate drumlines. Consisting of more than 40 enthusiastic and hardworking students, the Drumline is an integral part of the LU Marching Band and provides the rhythmic foundation for the band. The Drumline is primarily taught by Travis Fife, and the Front Ensemble is primarily taught by Matt Holm.

Members of the Drumline 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 Drumline, send an e-mail to Travis Fife and Matt Holm.

2016 Lamar Marching Band Recruitment Spot

2016 Texans Halftime Experience and Performance