Hey Band!

October-early November

Take Care of Yourself and Others

Between now and the end of marching season, the band directors STRONGLY encourage students to use time wisely. Take care of your body: sleep well, eat well, drink water. Flu season is upon us, wash your hands regularly! Don't share water bottles or drink after anyone else.

Get ahead, or get caught up, on school work and studying. DO your homework, and turn it in.

Take time for yourself, do what makes you happy....but remember that too many hours of screen time can actually add subtle stress to your mind and body, rather than help you chill out and rest.

Share your thoughts, emotions, and feelings with family, friends, teachers, and/or counselors. One of the best things you can do to relieve stress is to share how you're feeling with others. Be careful not to get stuck in negative feedback loops where you sit with others and complain - Simply sharing how you're feeling is healthy. Look for opportunities to lift other people up; taking a moment to lift up a friend can often help you feel better too.

Night Rehearsal - Nelson Field - Monday, Oct. 14th

Every mid-October, we use Nelson Field for a long evening rehearsal. Rehearsing in a stadium is a special opportunity that really helps us clean drill and music.


4:30 PM - arrive at Nelson Field (rehearsal attire is shorts, white t-shirt, marching shoes, black socks, shakos, gloves)

5:00 PM - call-to on the field

9:00 PM - dismiss

Football Games

Homecoming (LBJ vs. Northeast HS) - Friday, Oct. 4th @ Nelson Field

This game will be our Homecoming Game! There will be the traditional Homecoming Court ceremony during halftime. Band will NOT play our show during halftime. However, we will probably play a portion of Part 3 as 'background' music while the Homecoming Court is announced. Details will be explained soon.

Friday, October 11th (LBJ vs. Dripping Springs HS) @ Nelson Field

Middle School Band Night (Gus Garcia & Bertha Sadler Means)

Students from Gus Garcia MS and Bertha Sadler Means MS will tailgate with us in the cafeteria before joining us in the stands for 1st and 2nd quarter, and then they will watch us perform our marching show before they depart.

LBJ vs Crockett HS - Thursday, Oct. 17th @ Burger Stadium

Friday, October 25th (LBJ vs. Navarro HS) @ Nelson Field

Middle School Band Night (Kealing and other AISD Middle Schools)

Students from Kealing MS and any other middle school that is interested in applying to LASA or LBJ will tailgate with us in the cafeteria before joining us in the stands for 1st and 2nd quarter, and then they will watch us perform our marching show before they depart.

LBJ vs. Travis HS - Friday, Nov. 1st @ Burger Stadium

Marching Competitions

Vista Ridge Marching Classic - Saturday, Oct. 5th

Schedule for the day

10:00 AM - Call to on the field

12:00 PM - Break for lunch

1:15 PM - Uniform Check

1:45 PM - buses DEPART for Gupton Stadium

2:30 PM - ARRIVE

4:10 PM - Warm-Up


5:45 PM - Announcement of Finals

7:00 PM - First Finals band performance

9:45 PM - Last Finals band performance
10:15 PM - Awards
10:30 PM - Dismissed - Buses DEPART for LBJ
11:00 PM - Arrive LBJ - unload buses

Lost Pines Marching Contest - Saturday, Oct. 12th

Schedule for the day
9:00 AM - Call-to on the field at LBJ
10:00 AM - Break
10:30 AM - Depart for Bastrop
11:30 AM - Arrive Bastrop - Lunch provided by boosters on site
1:45 PM - Warm-Up
5:30 PM - Announcement for Finals
6:45 PM - First Finals band performs
10:00 PM - Last Finals band performs
10:30 PM - Awards

10:45 PM - Dismissed - Buses depart for LBJ

11:30 PM - Arrive LBJ - unload buses

UIL Region 18 Marching Band Contest - Tuesday, Oct. 22nd

Approximate performance time is between 8:00-9:00 PM

UIL Area 'D' Marching Contest - Saturday, Oct. 26th

The Pfield - 1440 W Pecan St, Pflugerville, TX 78660, USA

Schedule to be announced

Typically will be a full day event

US Bands Marching Contest - Saturday, Nov. 2nd

Kelly Reeves Stadium - 10211 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78717, USA

Schedule to be announced

Typically a full day event

Jazz Events

TMEA Region 18 Jazz Band Auditions - Wednesday, Oct. 9th

Mr. East hosts the Region Jazz Auditions here on campus. We need student and parent volunteers to help run the contest starting at 3:45 PM until about 9:30 PM. Please email ponder.east@austinisd.org if you would like to volunteer.

Jobs include:

Room monitor (7-8)

Errand runner (2)

Room-set-up (5-10)

Food prep/service (1-2) (parents only)

All-State Jazz Recording - Wednesday, Oct. 16th

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Students from Region 18 who advance to the recording process will record their etudes with a professional recording engineer in the jazz room. The recordings are then sent to the TMEA State Judging Panel. The All-State Jazz Bands are announced in mid-November.

Contact the directors

Brian Mayer - Director of Bands - brian.t.mayer@austinisd.org

Ponder East - Assistant Director, Jazz Director - ponder.east@austinisd.org

Dr. Chris Lizak - Assistant Director, Percussion Director - christopher.lizak@austinisd.org

Herbert Washington - Colorguard Director - washingtonh2@mailbox.winthrop.edu