The Golden Band from Tigerland 2017-2018 Preseason Newsletter

Greetings new and returning members! This newsletter contains details about the 2017-2018 TB. Here you will find information about: General Items, Upcoming Drumline Auditions, Instruments and Uniforms, Preseason Band Camp Schedule, Preseason Housing and Meals, Concert Ensemble Auditions, and a link to register for Band Camp.

The Band Staff

From Left to Right: Damon Talley, Director of Bands; Dennis Llinás, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Tiger Band; Kelvin Jones, Assistant Director of Bands

Instructional Staff

  • Frank B. Wickes, Director of Bands Emeritus
  • Blair Guillaume, Golden Girl Instructor
  • Amy Triche, Colorguard Instructor
  • Mark Bonner, Jr., Graduate Assistant
  • Cliff Croomes, Graduate Assistant
  • Chasse Duplantis, Graduate Assistant
  • Joseph Meinweiser, Graduate Assistant
  • Manuel Treviño, Drumline Graduate Assistant
  • Mack Wood, Graduate Assistant

Operations Staff

  • Kara Duplantier, Bands Business Officer
  • Stephen Koivisto, Instrument Technician
  • Robert Dowie, Leadership and Development Coordinator
  • Steven Miley, Videographer
  • Greg Renoud, Videographer
  • Jennifer Renoud, Videographer/Photographer
  • Craig Macaluso, Photographer
Tiger Band is a Class. Everyone (including Drumline, Golden Girls, and Colorguard) must be registered for MUS 4250 in order to attend Band Camp.
Auxiliary units are proud to be under the leadership of former members Blair Guillaume and Amy Triche!

2017-2018 Football Schedule

  • 09/02/17 - BYU @ NRG Stadium - Full Band Trip
  • 09/09/17 - Chattanooga @ Baton Rouge
  • 09/16/17 - Mississippi St. @ Starkville Miss.
  • 09/23/17 - Syracuse @ Baton Rouge - Alumni Band
  • 09/30/17 - Troy @ Baton Rouge - Homecoming
  • 10/07/17 - Florida @ Gainesville
  • 10/14/17 - Auburn @ Baton Rouge
  • 10/21/17 - Ole Miss @ Oxford (Fall Break)
  • 10/30/17 - OPEN
  • 11/04/17 - Alabama @ Tuscaloosa
  • 11/11/17 - Arkansas @ Baton Rouge - LSU Salutes
  • 11/18/17 - Tennessee @ Knoxville
  • 11/25/17 - Texas A&M @ Baton Rouge - Senior Day
  • 12/02/17 - SEC Championship @ Atlanta (if necessary)
TB Eligibility: All TB members must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA by August 14th. Everyone, except for graduating seniors, must be full time students (which is at least 12 hours for undergrads, 9 hours for graduate students). Graduating seniors must provide a letter from your college/department that states how many hours are needed for your completion and what your graduation date is. We must have the letter in hand by August 14th. You must also have completed your registration to travel with the band.

Tiger Band Eligibility

All members of Tiger Band must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average to be a member of the organization and be awarded your $1000 stipend. This stipend will be distributed in four payments: $250 in September, $250 in October, $250 in November, and $250 after we have returned from the bowl game and your materials have been turned in (sometime near the start of the Spring 18 semester).

Tiger Band is getting new uniforms! Everything from shakos, jackets, shoe companies, and auxiliary uniforms will be a new design! All TB uniforms, including auxiliary units, are issued to students enrolled in the course. All instrumentalists will be provided new shoes at no cost (we are using a new company). They will be ordered when you indicate your size on the Band Camp Registration form. All TB instrumentalists will need new shoes.

Welcome Letter from Director of Bands Dr. Damon Talley:

I hope that you're having a wonderful summer! Life here on campus certainly slows down a bit during this time of year, which gives us some time to breathe and reflect. As I look back on the great things that Tiger Band did last year, it makes me that much more eager for what this year holds in store. I’m sure that Coach Orgeron and the players are ready to take the team to the next level, and I know that Dr. Llinás and Dr. Jones are ready to do the same. The shows and ideas that they have planned are fantastic, and we are all so fortunate to work with and learn from them every single day.
You might not fully realize it yet, but you are about to be a part of something VERY special. The lifelong friendships that you will develop, and the love that you will embrace of a 124-year tradition that has been built by so many before you, will be some of the most meaningful times of your life and will make you Forever LSU. Your arrival on campus in August is always one of the most exciting times of the year, and I look forward to seeing all of you then! Geaux Tigers!

What instrumentalists need for the Fall:

  • Gold & White TB Shirts: Each instrumentalist will be issued a gold TB t-shirt and a white TB t-shirt. The gold shirt is to be worn underneath the uniform jacket so select a suitable size. No changes can be made once you give us your information. If you wish to purchase an extra shirt after band camp, you may purchase one by contacting Kara Duplantier ( for $20.
  • Khaki Shorts & Belt: The casual uniform for instrumentalists is either the gold or white t-shirt and khaki shorts (Dockers style--no cargo shorts please). We wear this uniform for TB performances such as the Chancellor's Welcome, Pep Rallies, etc. We supply the t-shirt and you supply the shorts. We tuck our shirts in and wear a brown belt at our performances.
  • Black Socks: Instrumentalists wear black tall socks with the uniform. We suggest purchasing several pairs. Ankle socks are not accepted and will result in a grade deduction.
  • White Gloves: Everyone wears white gloves with the exception of the Drumline and Colorguard. White cotton gloves for instrumentalists will be sold by Kappa Kappa Psi for approximately $5 a pair. These can be purchased during uniform distribution times before home games.
  • Band Shoes: Since we are switching to a new shoe company, all band members will receive a new pair of shoes this year at the Band Department's expense. These shoes should last you several years if you take care of them.
  • Hair Accessories: All band members, excluding auxiliary units, are required to wear black hair accessories (pony tail holders, etc.). No bandanas or thick head bands are allowed with the uniform.
Drumline Auditions will take place on August 11th from 1-6 pm. The LSU Drumline is comprised of snares, tenors, bass drums, and cymbals. This year, the line will be led by captains Matthew Herrera and Tyler Stewart. All auditioning members, new and returning, must be present for the auditions promptly at 1 pm. Preseason Band Camp begins immediately after auditions. All applicants should download the audition packet located on the Drumline page of our site: For further inquiries, please contact our drumline instructor, Manny Treviño, at


All wind players will receive the audition music for Preseason Band Camp after they have completed the band camp registration form. It will consist of school songs and an excerpt from a halftime show. We will email you PDF's of the files once your registration is complete. If you play an instrument with more than one part (i.e. 1st/2nd/3rd trumpet), you have been assigned a temporary part. Because we need strong players on all parts, many 1st chair high school students and music majors play 2nd and 3rd part in TB. If you are sent music that exceeds your range and you would like to move down to 2nd or 3rd part, contact one of the directors. After your playing audition during Preseason Band Camp, we will assign you your permanent part.

The GBFTL does not print any music - we access our drill and music through PDF documents that you use on your phones. Designed by former and current TB members, the e-flip is the future of music and drill access for marching bands. All music and drill will be disseminated via OneDrive for the year. No one will ever lose their music or flip folders again with this process. Everyone must have a waterproof option for their phones for the season (this could either be a waterproof case or a zip-lock bag)! We will provide you with portable battery packs on the first day of camp. Make sure that you bring your cellular device charging cable with you. Please make these arrangements before arriving at band camp on August 13th. Please download OneDrive on your smartphone BEFORE arriving to camp.

The first performance of the 2017-2018 TB is Sunday, August 20th @ 6:30 pm in the PMAC at the Chancellor's Welcome.

Out of Town Trips - 2017-2018 TB

  1. LSU vs. BYU - Saturday, September 2. Full Band - Leave Friday & return Sunday
  2. LSU vs. Miss. St. - Saturday, September 16. Pep Band - Leave Friday & return Saturday
  3. LSU vs. Florida - Saturday, October 7. Pep Band - Leave Friday & return Sunday
  4. LSU vs. Ole Miss - Saturday, October 21. Pep Band - Leave Friday & return Saturday
  5. LSU vs. Alabama - Saturday, November 4. Pep Band - Leave Friday & return Sunday
  6. LSU vs. Tennessee - Saturday, November 18. Pep Band - Leave Friday & return Sunday
  7. Tigerama in New Orleans - Tuesday, November 20. Full Band - All day event.
  8. LSU vs. TBA - SEC Championship Game (if applicable) - Saturday, December 2. Full Band - Leave Friday & return Saturday
  9. LSU vs. TBA - Bowl Game/Playoffs - Full Band - Attendance is mandatory.
Preseason Band Camp start dates vary depending on your instrument and the number of years that you have been involved with the program. Check the schedule below to make sure you know when you must report.

2017-2018 TB Preseason Schedule

We will provide lunch and dinner for all students attending our 2017-2018 TB Preseason Camp. Students are responsible for their own breakfast. Below is a breakdown of when meals begin for each specific group (these personnel are expected to report each subsequent weekday). Regardless of your dorm move-in date, please follow the below schedule for meals:

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - Graduate Assistants (Lunch)
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 - GA's, Band Managers, Equipment Managers, & Librarians (Lunch)
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - GA's, Band Managers, Equipment Managers, Librarians, & Section Leaders/Captains (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Friday, August 11, 2017 - Student Staff, Full Colorguard, Full Golden Girls (Lunch and Dinner) - Drumline Applicants (Dinner) - Report time for auxiliary and drumline is 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Student Staff, CG, GG, DL (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Student Staff, CG, GG, DL, & New Members (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Monday, August 14, 2017 - Student Staff, CG, GG, DL, & New Members (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - Student Staff, CG, GG, DL, & New Members (Lunch and Dinner) - Returning Members (Dinner Only)
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - New and Returning Members (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 2017-2018 TB Only (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Friday, August 18, 2017 - 2017-2018 TB Only (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 2017-2018 TB Only (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 2017-2018 TB Only (Dinner Only)

Band Camp Schedule - Note all times and locations subject to change. Locations are as follows:

  • TBH - Tiger Band Hall - Located on Aster Street just West of Highland Rd.
  • BF - Band Field - Located behind TBH
  • DS - Dance Studio
  • FH - Field House - Located just behind the PMAC (Basketball Arena)
  • IFF - Indoor Football Facility - Located West of Nicholson Dr on Stadium Dr.
  • 5 - The Five - Dining Hall located Northwest of the Greek Theater
  • PMAC - Pete Maravich Assembly Center - Located just North of Tiger Stadium

Preseason Housing

Students who are registered to live on campus and have registered for Preseason Band Camp, will be able to move into their respective dorms/residence halls according to the prescribed schedule found on the band camp registration form. You are only eligible for early move in if you have registered for band camp by July 21st. The Band Department will pay for the early move-in until the dorms officially open.

Note if you are living in West Campus Apartments, make sure you are not signed up for one of the restricted apartments. If you are, that will affect your ability to move in early. If you are not sure if this impacts you, contact Lynn Livingston with Residential Life at (225) 578-4441.

Freshmen: Let Kappa Kappa Psi help you move in! They are available to assist you for all On-Campus Dorms by appointment only. This is scheduled through Alex Franklin at and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. You must contact Alex by July 26th to set up your appointment to be considered.

Preseason Move-in Schedule:

  • Thursday, August 10 - Student Staff, Colorguard, Golden Girls, and Drumline
  • Saturday, August 12 - New Members (Wind Players)
  • Sunday, August 13 - New Members (Wind Players)
  • Monday, August 14 - Returning Members (Wind Players)
  • Tuesday, August 15 - Returning Members (Wind Players)

Important: Please check restrictions associated to your dorm (if any). If you are not staying in a LSU residential hall, you will need to secure your own housing during band camp week.

March down Victory Hill on Gameday!

A Letter from Assistant Director Dr. Kelvin Jones:

Hello and welcome back everyone!
August cannot get here fast enough! It is so lonely being in the office without the band action taking place throughout the halls whether it is the Color Guard toss spins, the Golden Girls repping routines, the drumline working on 8's, the cymbal players trying to find random places to 'Dab' during the halftime show, or any of the other many other facets that go into preparing to be a part of the greatest band in the world! I cannot wait to spend time with all of the new and returning faces in the coming months.
I embrace the challenge of maintaining the standard of our Sudler-winning marching band, as former Tiger Band director Thomas Tyra coined us back in 1959, the 'Golden Band from Tiger Land.' This program is rooted in pride, history, and tradition and we want to continue to push Tiger Band into new heights!
The band staff has been working tirelessly this summer to make sure this season is one you will never forget. We get to start the season off in Houston, TX in NRG Stadium, hopefully come December, traveling to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, and then to Pasadena, California (or New Orleans) and back to Atlanta for the National Championship game. Let's continue to do our best to help our football team get there. Expectations will be high #DerriusGuiceForHeisman.
While we will have a lot of work to do in the upcoming months (exciting shows, drill, and cool new music that Dr. Llinás has written...which is, let's just say 'Beast-Mode'), let's not forget to enjoy the wonderful camaraderie and musical spirit that makes this 124-year edition of Tiger Band so unique and special. Best wishes and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you in the upcoming days (I can't wait)!
Forever LSU and Geaux Tigers!
Get ready to step off in Tiger Stadium with the iconic Pregame in front of 102,000 fans!

2017-2018 Student Leadership

Drum Major: Daniel Wendt

Piccolo Section Leaders: Beau Bujol & Melissa Castro

Clarinet Section Leaders: Gabrielle Gilbert & Richard Tuminello

Saxophone Section Leaders: Matthew Millet & Joshua Poche

Mellophone Section Leaders: Josh Clavin & David Ifland

Trumpet Section Leaders: Cullen Crochet, Thomas Johnson, & Shaid Stewart

Trombone Section Leaders: Christopher Stephens & Ryan Williams

Baritone Section Leaders: Scott Poulin & Stephen St. Pierre

Tuba Section Leaders: Collin Breaux & Zach Cusimano

Drumline Section Leaders: Matthew Herrera & Tyler Stewart

Colorguard Captains: Mieklan Bortnick & Erin Sampere

Golden Girl Captains: Hope Babin & Lauren Daniel

Librarians: Phillip Gerarve, Haleigh Jones, and Jacob Pettigrew

Social Outreach Team: Victoria Dekerlegand, Donna Greaber, Alex Jett, Collin Lindrew, Abigail Young

Equipment Managers: Alex Franklin, Cody McCain, & George McLaughlin

The TB Class, MUS 4250, meets Tuesday through Friday from 3:50-5:20 and is a one credit class.

Kappa Kappa Psi - Beta Gamma Chapter

Honorary Fraternity for College Bandsmen, has been a part of the LSU Community since 1948. It is the recipient of the 2009 D.O. Wiley Outstanding Chapter Award.

Bowl Game and/or Play-offs: ALL members of the 2017-2018 TB will be expected to attend any/all bowl game/play-off game(s). TB would travel to post season games between December 21, 2017 & January 9, 2018. The LSU Athletic Department provides transportation to and from LSU or the bowl site (determinations will be made on an individual basis). All selected members must honor these commitments.

New LSU Students

Register for MUS 4250

By the time you report to Preseason Band Camp, you must have completed your registration to LSU. In addition, MUS 4250 (Tiger Band) must be on your schedule. If you have not completed these items, you will not be allowed to attend the first away game. If you have an issue registering for TB, contact us. If you do not make TB, you will need to drop the class during the first week of classes to avoid any grade penalties on your transcript.

LSU Orientation

Please schedule your Freshman Orientation before band camp. If your orientation is scheduled during band camp, you will be forced to miss valuable rehearsals to take placement tests, meet with advisors, etc. If your orientation is scheduled during band camp, make every effort to change that. If you are unable to, please contact our staff immediately so that we could discuss your involvement.

Information about the LSU Bands could be found at This is where you will find the TB Preseason Band Camp registration (Due July 21st).

Typical TB Home Game Saturday Schedule

  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Colorguard Rehearsal (IFF)
  • 12:00 am - 1:00 am: Drumline Rehearsal (IFF)
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: TB Rehearsal (IFF)
  • 3:15 pm: Lunch Served (TBH)
  • 4:00 pm: Polish Horns & Shoes, Get Dressed, Purchase Gloves (if necessary), warm-up
  • 4:50 pm - 5:00 pm: Line-up/Parade to the Stadium via PMAC (Dalrymple Dr.)
  • 6:45 pm: Pregame! (Tiger Stadium)
  • 7:00 pm: Kick-off! Geaux Tigers!! (Tiger Stadium)
  • 11:00 pm (approx): Depart Stadium - Everyone marches back together and we are dismissed after we return to the Tiger Band Hall.
All audition music for wind players will be emailed to you upon the completion of your Band Camp Registration Form. This will be what you will play during your 1-on-1 audition which takes place Wednesday, August 16th.

A Message from Tiger Band Director Dr. Dennis Llinás:

To all of you auditioning for the 2017-2018 Tiger Band,
I want to offer you all my most sincere Welcome! It is an honor to enter my second year as the director of Tiger Band. The staff has been working tirelessly to come up with show designs, order operations materials, and make sure your arrival is seamless.
We welcome back many talented teaching assistants to work with you: Cliff Croomes, Chasse Duplantis, Manny Treviño, and Mack Wood. This year, we are excited to welcome Mark Bonner, Jr. as an incoming masters student in wind conducting and Joseph Meinweiser as an incoming masters student in horn performance. We are thrilled to welcome back the talents of Blair Guillaume and Amy Triche working with both of our auxiliary units. With this staff, we have a talented team working to make your year exceptional. I could not be more excited to work with these outstanding teachers!
Most importantly, an organization of this magnitude cannot be run by one person. It takes a team of advisors and teachers to create the powerful organization we all are proud to be associated with. I am honored to share the responsibility of our organization with Dr. Kelvin Jones and to have the valuable support of our director of bands, Dr. Damon Talley. They are wonderful people who make a huge impact on this program.
It is an honor to be a part of this organization in any capacity. This band has been around for 124 years taking the field to support our football team and to invigorate our fans. An organization of this maturity is comprised of many members throughout its history who have gone on to various professions across the globe. They worked extremely hard to build the sense of pride and excellence that is associated with the Tiger Band. This year, we become part of that history with a new uniform that maintains the tradition of the band with a modern touch, new show designs, and a new look to the drumline. It is our obligation to continue the legacy we are about to inherit as the performing members of the 2017-2018 version of The Golden Band from Tigerland!
New Members: Remember that you report to band camp at noon on Sunday, August 13th! You will be welcomed with lunch before you head to your band orientation.

Tigerama will be November 20th and 21st!

Tigerama is the largest performing fundraiser for the Tiger Band. It consists of performances by the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Tiger Band. In addition, there will be an auction and a VIP reception for the patrons. This year, Tigerama will have two performances - one in Baton Rouge at the Union Theater and one at the Saenger in New Orleans! On November 20th, we will have two performances: one in the morning for the School-Day Performance and the evening for the full show. On November 21st, we will have a performance at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans. The dress rehearsal will take place Thursday, November 16th in the Union Theater from 3:30-6:00 pm. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly.


Everyone must register online for the 2017-2018 TB Preseason Band Camp. You must be registered by July 21st! To complete the registration form click the link below. The password is geauxTB. Once you have registered for band camp, we will email you the audition music.

Click below to register for the 2017-2018 Preseason Band Camp! The password is geauxTB.

The LSU Wind Ensemble performing in the Union Theater

Concert Ensemble Information

There are 3 concert bands at LSU. Any student interested in being a part of a concert ensemble auditions according to the schedule below. At the conclusion of those auditions, students are placed into the ensemble they qualify for. The auditions will consist of excerpts that are posted on our website at Each audition takes place behind a screen and typically last approximately 5 minutes per student. We encourage all Tiger Band instrumentalists to audition!

LSU Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is comprised primarily of graduate students and upperclassmen music majors who represent the finest wind and percussion students in the School of Music. This group averages 50 members per year and gives 3 concerts each semester on and off campus. The ensemble rehearses 3 days a week: MWF from 12:30-2:20 pm. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Director of Bands Dr. Damon Talley.

LSU Symphonic Winds: The Symphonic Winds is comprised of approximately 50 talented musicians who represent the finest graduate and undergraduate music majors as well as a few non-music majors. The ensemble has 2 concerts per semester and rehearses MWF from 12:30-2:20 pm. The Symphonic Winds are under the direction of Associate Director of Bands Dr. Dennis Llinás.

LSU Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band is the largest concert ensemble and is comprised of talented students who are both music majors and non-music majors. The ensemble averages 80 members and rehearses on Monday evenings from 3:40-5:30 in the fall and MW from 3:40-5:30 in the spring. The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Jones.

Fall 2017 Concert Ensemble Audition Schedule

All auditions will take place in the Tiger Band Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, August 20:

  • 10:30-12:30 - Percussion Auditions (in the Percussion Studio)
  • 1:00-2:00 - Tuba
  • 2:00-3:00 - Euphonium
  • 3:00-5:00 - Saxophone

Monday, August 21:

  • 9:00-11:15 - Flute
  • 12:30-1:30 - Oboe
  • 2:00-4:30 - Trumpet
  • 4:30-6:00 - Trombone
  • 7:00-9:00 - Woodwind Make-ups

Tuesday, August 22:

  • 9:00-10:30 - Horn
  • 10:30-12:00 - Bassoon
  • 1:30-4:00 - Clarinet
  • 6:00-8:00 - Brass and Percussion Make-ups
  • 8:00 - Results Emailed

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