The LBJ Jaguar Band is rich in tradition and highly respected as one of the finest bands in Texas! We are a multi-faceted organization, boasting a superb marching band, three exciting concert bands, two incredible jazz bands, a dynamic colorguard/winterguard, and a precision-driven percussion group. The band is made up of students from both LBJ and LASA high schools. This proud program has represented Texas in places as far away as New York City, Hawaii, London, Paris, and Beijing, and has won top festival awards in 6 different states. Have questions about the LBJ Band? Please contact our head band director Brian Mayer, or band booster president, Nettie Martinez, and they’ll be glad to help. New families are also welcome to reach out to New Member Support – Mandy Menzer.
The marching band is an integral part of the total band experience. Marching band members earn P.E. credit in the fall, in addition to fine arts credit throughout the year. Marching band members must be enrolled in a band class and take an active part in all marching events.
The Capital City Marching Festival is one of the major fundraisers for the LBJ Band. The upcoming Cap City Marching Festival is postponed for this fall 2020, normally held at the Toney Burger Center. For more information, please visit the Cap City Website.
The high energy, visual impact section for the marching band is the colorguard. Choreographed movements with flag, rifle, and sabre accentuate the beautiful music and drill designs of the band. The colorguard is made up of male and female members and works closely with the marching band to produce exciting, competitive, and stunning performances on the football field.
Percussion includes the non-marching Front Ensemble section (timpani, marimbas, and xylophones) and the Drumline section (bass, snare, and tenor drums). Percussion members also participate in various competitions, including the prestigious Lone Star competition in Dallas and the Brandeis High School competition in San Antonio.
There are two jazz groups: the Jazz Band (an actual class during the day) and the Stage Band (after school group.) We have won a multitude of awards at jazz competitions and festivals. Balancing academics and performance, jazz students are committed to keeping these bands sounding great! The jazz bands have numerous gigs each year, including the Temple Jazz Festival and the AISD Jazz and Pops Concert.
Both the indoor and outdoor colorguard are all inclusive. All students are welcome to participate. Perform with the LBJ Jaguar Marching Band at competitions and football games. All members have the opportunity to join them on any trips such as Italy, Florida, and Lost Pines. Check the LBJ Band Calendar for specific dates. After school starts, marching season continues with after-school rehearsals, and Friday (or Thursday) football game performances. There are about 3-4 competitions on Saturdays. Costs include: equipment fee, program fees, meals, accessories, shoes, gloves, and equipment bag (fundraising available)
After the marching band season, there’s another component called winterguard. Winterguard is completely indoors and the LBJ Winterguard competes in competitions with the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC). Winterguard gives members an opportunity to experience another side of colorguard. New members are welcome to join!