High School Band Day

2023 HS Band Day

High School Band Day:  November 18, 2023

The Lamar University Marching Band, The Showcase of Southeast Texas, invites all Texas and Louisiana high school band students to join us for the 2nd Annual High School Band Day! It is an exhilarating, all-day event for students to experience what it's like to be a part of a university marching band during one of our home football games. 

The event is completely free for all participants/performers (including a free Chick-Fil-A lunch and a free LU Band cap) and it is an individualized experience, so your high school band director does not need to be there for you to participate!  Family members can purchase special discounted tickets to the game (for those family members who are not performing) via this link.

This year's High School Band Day will take place on Saturday, November 18 as the Lamar University Cardinals take on McNeese University right here in Beaumont at the Provost Umphrey Stadium on campus.

For those who performed last year, the experience will be very similar! However, past experience is not required; in fact, we would love to have every band student within driving distance join us this year!

UPDATE:  Due to the amazing response and popularity of the event this year, we have reached our maximum capacity and are no longer able to accept new registrations.  However, this is an annual event, so please visit this page again next year to join us as a part of the 3rd Annual High School Band Day in Fall 2024!

2023 Schedule for Participants:

  • 7:15–7:45am Check-in at Gate 4 (NE corner of Stadium)
  • 7:45–9:45am LU Band + High School Band Rehearsal in Stadium
  • 9:50–10:15 Transition/Break
  • 10:20–11:45am Indoor Music Rehearsal/masterclass/clinic with LU faculty/staff
  • 11:45–12:00am Transition
  • 12:00–12:45pm Free Lunch (Chick-Fil-A) and Faculty Brass Quintet Concert
  • 12:45–1:15pm Change into Uniforms
  • 1:15pm Call time: Lamar University Quad for High School Group Photos, then Section Warmups
  • 2:00pm Parade to Tailgate Area, Short Tailgate Concert
  • 2:20pm Parade into the Stadium
  • 2:45pm Pregame Show Starts
  • 3:00pm Kick Off
  • ~4:20pm Combined Halftime with LU Marching Band
  • ~7:15pm Games Ends


Additional Information:

More details will be sent via email to all those who register as we approach the weekend of the event; but here are some answers to frequently asked questions by parents and students prior to registration.

  • Participation in the LU High School Band Day is FREE. Performers/Participants do not need to pay any registration/admission costs and their boxed Chick-Fil-A lunch and LU Band cap is provided for free.
  • Students register for this event individually, so it does not matter how many performers attend from a specific high school (in other words, high school band directors do not need to be at the game for you to participate.)  Parental permission is required for anyone under the age of 18; otherwise, the only HS Band Day participation requirement is that performers must have at least two months of marching band experience.
  • Friends and family members of Band Day performers/participants can order tickets at a special price of $10 each via this link.
  • The event begins at 7:15am at the Provost Umphrey Stadium, Gate 4 (NE corner of Stadium). Please scroll up for a detailed schedule of the day and other information.
  • Participants can be dropped-off at the stadium or, if participants can drive, there will be on-campus parking made available.
  • Participants are free to leave after halftime, or stay through the game.
  • Participants should bring and then be ready to wear their full high school band uniform. One of the best part of this event is seeing all the different uniforms together!
  • Participants will need to bring their own instruments or colorguard/twirler equipment, etc.
  • In addition to the Lamar University directors, faculty and staff, the Lamar University Band will hire professional, certified HS/MS band educators to care for and oversee the participants throughout the day. This means that students may participate in the event even if their high school band director is not involved.  In fact, one of the goals of the event design was to allow for high school students to experience a college marching band gameday without having to ask area school band directors to work another Saturday. (That being said, MS/HS band directors are always welcome to join us!)
  • This experience will combine marching band and game day activities with a clinic/music rehearsal taught by Lamar University Faculty and Staff.
  • General Overview: Participating students will rehearse with the LU Marching Band in the morning, attend indoor rehearsals/clinics for their area, attend a lunch concert featuring the Lamar University Faculty Brass Quintet, and experience an LU home game from start to finish with the LU Marching Band. High School students will parade to the stadium with the LU Band, give a tailgate concert, sit with the band in the stands, and PERFORM AT HALFTIME!
  • Participants will have the option to leave after halftime or stay through to the end of the game.