About The Longhorn Band

About The Longhorn Band

Background

The Longhorn Band is a year-round program offered as a course by the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas. Registration in this course is open to any student of the various academic disciplines provided at The University of Texas. Activities begin in August with Band Week and continue until University graduations in late May. They resume during June with Summer Band concerts and participation in the Longhorn Music Camp as counselors for high school and middle school students. University of Texas students may also register for concert and jazz ensembles in both the fall and spring semesters.

Throughout the fall, the Longhorn Band performs at all University of Texas football games, with a smaller pep band for out-of-state trips. For post-season bowl game trips, the tradition has been to bring the entire Longhorn Band. Additional performances include pep rallies, parades, and a special halftime show with the Longhorn Alumni Band. The Longhorn Band makes guest appearances at many events that spotlight the popularity of the band. Fall rehearsals are held from 6:30 to 8:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and a prior to kickoff on game days.

During the spring, Longhorn Band members participate in one of four concert bands, a jazz ensemble, or a percussion ensemble. Spring rehearsals are held twice a week for ninety minutes each. Specific times vary for each ensemble, and these ensembles give at least two performances. Other notable annual activities include concerts at local performance venues, performances at the State Capitol for the Governor for a Day ceremony, and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade in San Antonio.