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 band booster president, Eric Metcalf, or head band director, Brian Mayer, and they’ll be glad to help.
Time is often stated as one of the largest concerns when deciding whether to join the marching band. If this describes you, or if for any other reason you are unsure about joining the marching band, please read these four letters written by current and former LBJ Band students.
- Dr. Darrick Chang: Harvard Graduate & 1998 LBJ Band Graduate
- Lorna Min: 2013 LBJ Band Graduate & Honors Student
- Keivaun Waugh: 2014 LBJ Band Graduate
- Dr. John Powers: Harvard Medical School Professor & 1992 LBJ Band Graduate
Capital City Marching Festival
The Capital City Marching Festival is one of the major fundraisers for the LBJ Band. This year, it will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Toney Burger Center. For more information, please visit the Cap City Website.
The marching band is an integral part of the total band experience at LBJ and LASA. 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 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. Our percussion has consistently placed in the top five at this event. For more information on how you can become a part of the percussion section, please contact Dr. Christopher Lizak.
There are three jazz groups: the Stage Band, Jazz Ensemble and the smaller Jazz Combo. 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. Jazz director Ponder East, an established jazz musician in his own right, brings in talented guest musicians to bolster jazz education. For more information on how you can become a part of the Jazz Program, please visit our page or contact Ponder East.