Marching Band

The 150-member marching band program is an integral part of the overall program at Lassiter. The Marching “Trojan” Band has performed before many large and prestigious audiences including having twice performed for the President of the United States, the 1984 World’s Fair, 1986 and 1995 King Orange Jamboree parades, the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl, the 1988 and 2001 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 1997 Citrus Bowl Parade, and the 1999 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Marching “Trojans” accepted invitations to perform in the 2004 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and then 37 days later in the 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

The marching band has won sweepstakes in 80 of the 85 contests it has entered in its history. In 2002, the 280-member band returned to the national scene to compete in the Bands of America National Championships. They won the Championship for a second time after a four-year hiatus performing a show entitled, “Liturgical Sketches.” 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 the highest in BOA history, performing music from the Jerry Goldsmith film score, “The Wind and the Lion.” 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, and 2007 New York. 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.

From 1997 to 2001, the Marching “Trojan” Band experienced a growth that led to the formation of the Lassiter Marching Band II. The band performed in exhibition at the 1998 Bands of America Atlanta Regional – an unprecedented achievement for high school programs across the country. The Lassiter Marching Band II received superior ratings in local festivals in each of its five years of existence. In 1996, the Lassiter Winterguard “A” was selected Scholastic “A” Class World Champions at the Winter Guard International World Championships, in Dayton, Ohio, and in 1997, the guard was selected Scholastic “Open” Class Champions. In 1998, the guard placed ninth in the “World Class” at WGI Championships and placed 10th in 1999. In 2002 and again in 2004, the Lassiter “Open” Class Winterguard returned to the WGI Championships as finalists. The Lassiter Winterguard now provides middle school programs for students interested in learning flag techniques and a 3-tiered grouping of Winter Guards for grades 7-12.