The Showcase of Southeast Texas
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:
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
*Information regarding auditions for the 2017 Color Guard and Twirling line will be posted here, as well as on the Facebook pages. That information will be posted before January 15, 2017. E-Mail Dr. Shannon if you have questions.
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
Winners of the PASIC 2015 Drumline standstill division, 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 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.
2016 Lamar Marching Band Recruitment Spot