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Lassiter High School Marching Trojan Band

Marietta, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

UNIFORM: The Lassiter, designed in 2001, contains a white “power flex” jacket accented with Maroon piano themed stripes. The Lassiter panel logo is symbolically placed over the heart. Gold tone buttons complete an homage to the Lassiter school colors of maroon and gold. The matching white and maroon trimmed gauntlets and gold button complete the ensemble. The uniform contains black bib pants and is topped with a maroon shako with gold mirror medallion, white visor, and 12 inch ostrich plume.

BAND DESCRIPTION: 230 total, 4 drum majors, 72 brass, 29 percussion, 87 woodwinds, 2 banner carriers, 32 color guard.

The Lassiter Marching Band is comprised of four concert bands and competitive color guard. These groups are combined to form the Lassiter Marching Trojan Band. The band rehearses 8 hours per week in the fall to prepare for competitive marching competitions.

The band traveled to Hawaii in 2009 to commemorate the States 50 years of statehood.

The band was named the 2007 Bands of America Regional Champions, 2009 Bands of America Regional Champions, 2010 LaFayette Marching Grand Champions, 2012 Old South Marching Festival Grand Champions and 2012 Peach State Marching Festival Grand Champions. The marching band won sweepstakes in 102 of the 107 contests it has entered in its history. In addition, the band has been Bands of America Grand National Champions twice, first in 1998 and again in 2002. Their performance won the Class AAA Championship, as well as Outstanding Music and Outstanding General Effect. The Marching “Trojan” Band made history in 1998 by being the only band from Georgia to win Bands of America Grand National Championship. Their score of 97.55 was, to that date, the highest in BOA history.

They also won class AAA Champion, Outstanding General Effect and tied for Outstanding Visual Performance. The band placed 5th in the 1990 Bands of America Grand National Championships and 3rd in 1994. The Marching “Trojan” Band has earned championships in the following Bands of America Regionals: 1995 Southeast(MTSU), 1997 Atlanta, 1998 Atlanta and Johnson City, 2001 Morgantown, 2005 St. Petersburg, 2007 New York, and 2009 West Chester. In 1999, The Marching Trojans received the prestigious Sudler Shield, presented by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, recognizing high school marching bands of the very highest quality.

PERSONNEL: Alfred L. Watkins, director; Laura Borchert & James Thompson, Jr., assistant director(s); Jessica Allomong, Jenny Edwards, Maggie Howell, Jason Grooms, drum majors.

PREVIOUS APPEARANCES IN THE ROSE PARADE: 2013 marks the bands fourth appearance in the Rose parade. Previous appearances include 1988, 2001, and 2005.

The band raises funds in a myriad of ways including Recycling, Concessions at the Georgia Dome, Christmas Tree Sales, Craft Shows, Coke Sales, Pastry Sales.

Updated on: 11/28/2012 8:44:44 PM

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