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 Eric Shannon, the marching band performs for thousands of fans and alumni each year at football games and exhibition performances in Texas and Louisiana.
The Showcase of Southeast Texas is mostly comprised of non-music majors and is open to all Lamar University students. 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 $300 scholarship at the completion of the season.
For more information about the Lamar Marching Band, including how to join the band, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
The dates for the 2015 clinics and audition are listed below. To sign up for a clinic and the audition, please e-mail:
For Color Guard: Maggie Denton
For Twirlers: Eric Shannon
Spring 2015 Clinics and Audition
Clinic: Feb. 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Clinic: March 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Clinic: March 28, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Audition: March 28, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
(All events are on the LU Campus, exact locations will be e-mailed to participants.)
Woodwinds & Brass
In 2014, the LU marching band featured nearly 100 wind players. For 2015, we’d love to see that number increase! From piccolos to bass clarinets, trumpets to sousaphones, the woodwind and brass sections provide the melodic and harmonic foundation for the band. The band marches the following sections: flute/piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, marching French horn, trombone, baritone and sousaphone.
Mr. Shannon teaches the winds with the assistance of the graduate assistants, drum majors, and section leaders.
For more information regarding the woodwinds and brasses, please contact Eric Shannon.
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 taught by Travis Fife, director of marching percussion.
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.