Lamar University’s marching band, known as the Showcase of Southeast Texas, will perform as the exhibition band at the University Interscholastic League’s Area F Conference 6A marching contest on Saturday, Oct. 25, in Houston. This is the first time that LU’s marching band has received this honor.

“It’s nice to be selected and recognized for our hard work and excellence,” said Scott Deppe, director of bands. “It also gives us an opportunity to perform before nationally ranked musicians.”

More than 10,000 high school marching band students will be in the stands at Galena Park ISD Stadium, where the competition will be held. The 6A conference, which is new this year, represents high schools with student enrollments of 2100 and above. Area F 6A represents one of the most competitive areas within Texas, with many of the bands winning past state marching contests and National Bands of America competitions.

The Showcase of Southeast Texas, led by Eric Shannon, director of athletic bands, will present its “Southern Country” show at the exhibition, featuring the songs “Dueling Banjos,” “I’m in a Hurry,” “Ring of Fire” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The LU Drumline will accompany the marching band and will also perform on its own at the exhibition. Travis Fife, director of percussion, heads the drumline.

The marching band is composed of 156 students from several different colleges and majors throughout the university. For more information, contact the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at (409) 880-8144, or visit