The Louisiana Leadership Institute Music Program has musical instruction for middle school and high school students. Students will receive quality instruction that will focus on fundamentals of playing instruments to prepare them for performances. The fundamentals that are emphasized consist of, but are not limited to, proper horn positioning, correct embouchure, sight reading, pitch, and breathing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to perform as a jazz ensemble, marching band and a concert band.
In past years, the LLI Marching Band has performed for audiences such as former President Bill Clinton, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the Louisiana Legislature. The marching band has also received numerous awards and accolades.
Participation in competitions:
The band captured top prize in the 2005 Battle of the High School Marching Bands, national competition based in Los Angeles and sponsored by The Home Depot Center and VH1 and Save the Music Foundation. Louisiana Leadership Institute Marching Band beat out famed bands such Crenshaw High School of Los Angeles, Frank Ballou High School Marching Band of Washington, D.C and Redan High School of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
The award-winning Louisiana Leadership Marching Band has been selected to march in the world famous Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, on January 1st, one of 21 bands chosen to participate in the 118th Rose Parade where for the first time in the Rose Bowl history the parade stopped for the Louisiana Leadership Band to perform. This has opened the door for other bands nation-wide to perform. As a result, Louisiana Leadership has a lifetime invitation of participation for the parade.
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