Hey Band!

September 15th-28th, 2019

Students - Get Ahead!

Students! Please carefully plan out your homework and study priorities. We encourage you to get ahead on reading, homework, studying etc. Double check all your assignments in all your classes and make sure you're getting ahead.

The first Grading Period (which is actually only 5 weeks long) ends Friday, September 20th.


  • Talk to your teachers
  • Attend teacher office hours (on your non-rehearsal day)
  • Attend FIT sessions
  • Ask for help from a classmate

Do Your Work

  • Actually DO the reading, DO the math assignment, DO your part of the group project

  • Almost everyone procrastinates to varying degrees, but GROWING UP means DOING YOUR WORK, and DOING IT ON TIME - and when you know your work will be late, COMMUNICATE in a timely fashion

Turn-in Homework
  • One of the best ways to receive A's and B's in your classes is to TURN IN ALL WORK ON TIME
  • If you don't meet the deadline, TALK TO YOUR TEACHER, then turn it in late - Better late than never (late = points off ........never = 0)

Week of Sept. 16th-21st


Thursday - Football vs. McCallum @ House Park

Saturday - Percussion Contest @ Dripping Springs HS


Monday - 4:00pm-6:15pm - FULL BAND

Tuesday - 4:00pm-6:15pm - BRASS & WOODWINDS ONLY

Wednesday - 4:00pm-6:15pm - COLOR GUARD & PERCUSSION ONLY

Thursday - 7:30pm - Football Game vs. McCallum @ House Park

Friday - 4:00pm-6:15pm - FULL BAND

Saturday - 8:00am-8:00pm - PERCUSSION CONTEST @ Dripping Springs HS

LBJ vs. McCallum Football Game at House Park

Transportation and Parking

  • Due to VERY limited parking at House Park, students who drive to school are NOT allowed to drive to House Park.
  • Parents are allowed, as usual, to pick up their student(s) from the stadium. Please make eye contact with a director before leaving with your student.
  • All students who are NOT picked up at House Park, will ride the buses back to LBJ after the game.
  • Parents, please note that stadium seating is limited (compared to Nelson Field) so arriving earlier than usual will make it more likely you find seats

Dripping Springs Percussion Contest

Saturday, Sept. 20th

  • 8:00 AM - Load bus at LBJ (still awaiting confirmation on the second stop, will be following up with this tomorrow)
  • 9:15 AM - Arrive at DSHS
  • 9:45 AM - Warm-up Begins
  • 10:45 AM - Move to Field
  • 11:30 AM - Load Trailer and Change Out
  • 12:30 PM - Down time/Hang out (location TBA)
  • 5:30 PM - Watch Advanced Large Division
  • 7:30 PM - Awards

Sept. 23rd-28th


Tuesday - AISD Band Jamboree @ Burger Stadium

Friday - extended rehearsal (no late-bus available)

Saturday - Capital City Marching Festival


Monday - 4:00pm-6:15pm - FULL BAND

Tuesday - 6:30pm-9:30pm - AISD BAND JAMBOREE @ Burger Stadium

Wednesday - OFF

Thursday - 4:00pm-6:15pm - FULL BAND

Friday - 4:00pm-7:30pm - FULL BAND (no-late bus available) (final rehearsal before Cap City!)

Saturday - 8:00am-11:00pm - Capital City Marching Festival

AISD Band Jamboree

This annual event began in the 1980's, and is a district-wide showcase of all the marching bands in AISD. Feeder middle school bands attend as well.


5:15pm - buses depart for Burger Stadium

6:30pm - Begins

8:30pm - approximate time of LBJ's performance

9:45pm - buses return to LBJ

10:15pm - buses arrive at LBJ

  • Students who drive to school ARE ALLOWED to drive to Burger Stadium so they can depart from there.
  • Parents may pick up their students from Burger Stadium.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Students should meet their parents on the south side of the stadium (press box side)

This is our 'all-hands-on-deck' volunteer event! We host 19 bands throughout the day. Parents and students, please sign-up for volunteer spots, and stay in touch with Dan and Janet Teal, or Cap City chairs!

Performance Schedule

10:00am - buses depart LBJ for Burger Stadium

10:30am - buses arrive at Burger Stadium

10:45am - all others meet at Burger Stadium

11:00am - Warm-Up begins

12:00pm - Perform in Exhibition

12:15pm - change back into volunteer clothes, continue with any/all volunteer shifts

12:30pm - buses depart for LBJ

1:00pm - buses arrive at LBJ

Words of Wisdom

Wake Up - Show Up - Grow Up - Clean Up

Wake Up - Including actually waking up(!), every day we have opportunities to realize something important about ourselves, our lives, and the lives of other people. Our daily insights, epiphanies, and realizations are a crucial part of life. These come in all shapes and sizes, and each person has unique opportunities that no one else will ever have. Pay Attention! Take time for yourself each day to get centered and to discover what matters most to you.

Show Up - Come to school, go to class, go to work, do your part, do your job, do your homework, practice your instrument. Don't hide from your problems. Face them and do your best!

Grow Up - Be kind, be responsible, be your best. Your relationships are a VITAL part of your life. Ignore your relationships at your own peril! Recognize you are part of groups everywhere in your life. Family, Friends, School, Neighborhoods, Communities, and more all count YOU as a member. Band can teach many things, but hopefully by now, you are beginning to understand how your actions affect more than just you. When we talk about Equal Contribution in rehearsals, that skill set extends beyond the marching field or band hall. Have the tough conversations, work through the arguments and disagreements. Seek to understand others. Communicate your thoughts, emotions, and dreams to the people in your life, whether that's friends, family, teachers, or other trusted mentors. Learn to Listen - Listen to Learn!

Clean Up - Seek to make your environment a better place in which to live, work, and play! Leave a place better than you found it. Keep your binders organized, your backpacks cleaned out, your lockers clean, your bedrooms picked up, the band hall clean, and help out at home with your family chores. ---Think Global, Act Local--- Today you clean up your bedroom, the kitchen, and the band hall; tomorrow you help clean up the world.

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