Grand Nationals 2016

Leander High School Band 2016 Accomplishments


Bands of America Grand National Finalist

Bands of America Class 3A National Champion

UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest Finalist



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The Leander High School Band

Ranked among the top high school music programs in the country, the band consistently strives for and achieves top honors and awards in marching and concert competitions. This dedication and determination, combined with extremely high levels of musical talent and academic achievement, has resulted in numerous Band students continuing on to higher levels of music education. Each year, the Leander Band places a disproportionately large number of students in the highest levels of University Interscholastic League competitions, National Honor Society, and a 99% acceptance rate into a University or College institution.

The Directors

Robert Selaiden
Director of Bands
Mr. Selaiden is in his 8th year of teaching at Leander High School and his first year as Director of Bands. His current responsibilities include being Director of Marching band, the wind ensemble, and concert band. Before coming to Leander High School, Mr. Selaiden attended The University of Texas where he studied saxophone under Harvey Pittel and served as Drum Major of The University of Texas Longhorn Band.
During each summer, Mr. Selaiden has been active as a facilitator of the SASI Drum Major and Leadership Camps for the last four years. He has served as a clinician for the Texas Band Masters Association, and has professional affiliations with Kappa Kappa Psi, TMEA, TJEA and TBA. Before coming to school in Austin, Mr. Selaiden attended Newman Smith HS in Carrollton, TX.
Ali Carraher
Associate Director of Bands
Ali Carraher, a native of Hillsborough, NJ is thrilled to join us in her first year at Leander High School as an Assistant Director of Bands. She comes to us from East View High School where she served as an Assistant Director of Bands. Prior to that, Carraher was the Head Director of Bands at West Windsor-Plainsboro High South near Princeton, NJ for three years. During her time in West Windsor, Carraher independently managed three concert bands, two jazz ensembles, a competitive marching band, and a chamber ensemble program. Under her direction, Carraher’s bands received many superior ratings at state and regional concert and marching band festivals and competitions. Prior to her years in West Windsor, Carraher served as an interim Assistant Director of Bands at her alma mater in Hillsborough, NJ.
Carraher began her drum corps career playing baritone with the Reading Buccaneers in 2008 & 2009 and then with the Cadets in 2010. Since then, Carraher has served on the visual staff for both the Jersey Surf and Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps. Carraher has also been on staff for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy for the past 7 years leading sessions in leadership, conducting, and marching.
Carraher attended the University of Delaware where she studied saxophone and voice and served as the drum major for the 400 member “Fightin’ Blue Hen” Marching Band for three years.
Her professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).
Carraher and her fiancé, Tom, are overjoyed to be a part of the Leander Band Family!

Michael Swiren
Associate Director of Bands
Michael Swiren recently finished his final year as a Master’s candidate in Wind Conducting at the University of Delaware, under the tutelage of Dr. Chad Nicholson. Over the past four semesters, he has been one of the Graduate Assistants with theUniversity of Delaware Marching Band and Pep Band, and has worked closely with Professors Heidi Sarver and Jim Ancona, arranging music, leading sectional and ensemble rehearsals, and assisting with travel both nationally (CBDNA Eastern Division) and internationally (2015 Taiwan Clinic). Swiren has held leadership and conductor positions with the University of Delaware Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Collegiate Band, and Tuba Ensemble, most recently conducting the University of Delaware Symphonic Band throughout the Spring 2016 Concert Series. In conjunction with his studies, Swiren has also received publication in the National Band Association Journal with his article, “Sequencing Your Band to Success”, and has worked with renowned conductors including Jerry Junkin and H. Robert Reynolds at various summer symposia.
Prior to his studies as a Master’s candidate, Swiren attended the University of Delaware and graduated with an Undergraduate degree in Music Education with a concentration in tuba. In addition to his four years as a member of the Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band and roles as Drill Coordinator and Drum Major for the band, Swiren was also a three year member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of Allentown, PA (2010, 2011, and 2013). In 2014, Swiren was selected as the Yamaha Young Performing Artist of the year, and performed in front of thousands at the Music for All Summer Symposium. An active tuba player, Mike was a student of Brian Brown.
Mike is incredibly excited to join the wonderful faculty and student body at Leander High School, and looks forward to growing as a musician and educator, working closely with talented students and supportive parents, and making incredible musical memories!

Michael Zellers
Percussion Director
Michael Zellers is a percussion educator with years of experience in many fields. His experiences range from private to large group instruction. He has taught private applied lessons at the University of Delaware and West Virginia University as a graduate assistant. He has been an instructor and arranger for world class organization such as the Reading Buccaneers, Jersey Surf and most recently the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. During his time with the Cadets, he has served as a percussion technician and is currently the electronics designer for the corps. The Cadets won the 2011 DCI World Championship and the 2013 Fred Sanford High Percussion award during Mr. Zellers tenure. Michael Zellers was most recently a percussion arranger and technician for the Leander High School band program. He looks forward to all of the great times ahead for the Leander Band program.

Will Callaway
Color Guard Director
A long time student of ballet, modern dance, and theater, Will Callaway has been involved with color guard since 2002. Drum corps experience has included involvement with the Magic of Orlando, Crossmen, Reading Buccaneers, and the Blue Coats. Will also performed for four consecutive years with the WGI World Class finalist the Black Watch from Mt. Laurel, NJ. Mr. Callaway has taught several groups on the east coast, most recently WGI SO finalist and the 2011 SA Silver Medalist Mechanicsburg HS. Will is originally from Harrisburg, PA and just recently moved to Austin, TX where he serves as the color guard director of Leander High School.


About The Band

The Leander Band is a TEAM, whose success, through goal achievement, is attributed to its unconditional pride and devotion to the program.


The Leander High School Lion Marching Band maintains a long and proud tradition of excellence in musical performance and presentation, both on and off the field of competition. The Pride of Lion Country has, through the determination and talents of directors and students alike, brought both national and international recognition to Leander High School and the Leander Independent School District.


Bands of America Grand National Finalist – 1999

Bands of America Super Regional Finalist – 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014

Bands of America Austin Regional Champions – 2015

UIL State Marching Contest Finalist – 1998, 2000, 2015

UIL State Marching Band Bronze Medalist – 2015

Rose Bowl Parade – 1997

4A State Honor Band – 1994

Two-time State Championship Color Guard – 2013, 2014

Consistent UIL Concert Band Sweepstakes recipients

30 Consecutive Years of Perfect Division 1 Ratings at the UIL Marching Contest

About The Guard

 To represent and support Leander High School by encouraging school spirit, good sportsmanship, exemplary conduct, and loyalty to all activities.

Modern color guard is a combination of military drill, also called marching, and the use of flags, sabres, mock rifles, shields and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement.

Members of the color guard team march along with their fellow marching band members at half time during football games and provide additional visual aspects to the performance.

The color guard interprets the music that the marching band is playing via the synchronized spinning of flags, sabres, shields, or other pieces of equipment, or through choreographed dance.

When in competition, the color guard score is typically based on movement, visual effect, fluidity of choreography with the music, coordination of all members, drill, and the use of equipment.

During a competition the guard adds to the overall score of the band, but is also judged in its own category. Color guard has been considered to be both an athletic competition and an art.

About the Color Guard

The Winter guard is an indoor color guard activity, derived from the outdoor summer activity that is part of the marching band. Unlike color guard, which performs outdoors on a football field as part of the marching band, winter guard is performed indoors, usually in a gym or indoor arena, during the winter season.

The winter guard performs to recordings of various musical genres. Their show has a selection of music, classical to contemporary. The LHS winter guard unit performs using dance, acrobatic features, and with various pieces of equipment. While guard equipment can vary from anything to everything, flags, rifles, and sabres are the main pieces of equipment. Guard members toss, spin, and do much more with their equipment, which can change throughout their show. Major competitions worldwide are sanctioned and managed by Winter Guard International.

The LHS Color Guard Program

Students learn their incredible equipment and dance skills through the training we provide in the color guard program. Besides the very high level of skill you’ll experience as a member of our color guard, you’ll make many new friends as you practice, travel, and perform with the Leander Band.

Program Facts

The color guard is the auxiliary section of the Leander Band

Just like the trumpets, saxes, flutes, and drummers, members of the color guard travel and perform with the Leander Band and take all the trips the marching band takes

Students earn P.E. credit for participating in our marching band

Since P.E. is required to graduate, this is a great way to fill that spot on your schedule and have fun while doing it!

Because color guard is a dance class, you will satisfy your Fine Arts requirement by being in our Color Guard

Color Guard members are eligible to earn varsity letter jackets – Color Guard is a varsity level activity available to freshmen! You’ll begin the process of earning your letter jacket from the moment you enter the color guard your freshman year

Color Guard is COMPLETELY COMPATIBLE with the most aggressive academic schedule

Some of the highest academic achievers at Leander are Band and Color Guard members

Booster Information

The Leander Band Boosters is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that is solely dedicated to the support and success of the Leander High School Band Program.  The purpose of the Booster organization is to provide financial assistance, encourage parental involvement, and to provide adult volunteers for all areas of the Leander Band, its directors, and staff, as needed.  The mission of the Leander Band Boosters is to support the Leander Band program, and to promote parental engagement, good sportsmanship and pride for our students, director and program in all endeavors.

2016-2017 Booster Executive Board

President – Dana Curr,

Vice President – Mike Heckman,

Co-Treasurer –  Carol Karnes,

Co-Treasurer – Suzanne Ledbetter,

Secretary – Sandi Heckman,

Parliamentarian –  Matt Quackenbush,

501(C)(3) Status Report/Tax Exempt Status Forms 

LBB 990 2013 LBB 990 2014 LBB 990 2012

990 Forms IRS Exemption Letter


Online Forms

Attached below are links to both the band handbook, 8 hour rule form, as well as the travel form. Both a parent and student need to read through all of these forms and then fill out the information below. Pushing the submit button on this form will be your electronic signature stating that you understand and agree to these documents.

Please be sure you have read through all documents before submitting this form.

If you do not agree with one or more of these documents, please contact Mr. Selaiden at

Handbook and Forms

2017-2018 FORMS 

UIL 8-Hour Rule Form

Parent Waiver and Consent 2017

LHS Band Handbook 17-18

Give your Digital Signature Here


Attached below are printable versions of the Student Medical Form as well as the Physical Form for this next school year.

These forms must be printed, filled out, and turned in to the band directors.



Medical Form 2017-2018

Physical Form 2017-2018

Private Lessons Registration


Thank you for signing up for the Private Lesson Program at Leander High School!


** If you are interested in receiving a LISD private lesson grant application, email Ali Carraher at You may not begin private lessons until your grant is submitted and approved by the district. If you begin lessons before your grant is approved, you are obligated to pay for your received lessons in full.**

Please fill out all of the information below and a private lesson teacher will contact you to set up a lesson time, date, and payment schedule.


Student Last Name

Student First Name

Student Email Address

Student Cell Phone Number


Lesson Length

Band Period

Grade Level

Parent Last Name

Parent First Name

Parent Email Address

Parent Cell Phone Number

By checking this box I understand that I will be paying a fee for private lessons for my child, and I am agreeing to pass this information along to the private lesson teacher for my child’s instrument.


Leander High School

Home of the Leander High School Band!

Our Sponsors

Director Level

Drum Major Level

Texadelphia (Great Hills) (Great Hills)

Leader Level

Musician Level

Legend Communities
MBark Design & Marketing
Shepherd Nelson Realty, LLC

Patron Level

Avery Orthodontics
Chirofit Wellness
Cirrus Logic
Dana Curr Photography
Family Emergency Room
Jimmy Joseph Realtors
Larry Philips CPA
Leander Dental
Leander Eye Care
Leander Orthodontics
Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Live Oak Dentistry
The Maddox Insurance Agency – Allstate
Mary Kay (Donna Rodriguez)
Men’s Hair Center
Pristine Cleaning of Austin
Rachel Queen Services Group, LLC
Roots Natural Hair Studio
Round Rock ATA
Smokey Mo’s
Strait Music
Sunbelt Rentals
Texas Pride Custom Floors

Effortless Giving

Come support the Leander Band every 1st Wednesday of the month. Chick-fil-A in 1890 Ranch will donate 10-20% of your order (depending on the total sales) back to the Leander Band. All you have to do is place your receipt in the corresponding box located at the front counter.  You can pick your student up from practice and head straight to Cick-fil-A in 1890 Ranch to feed the family; or you can also go for lunch or breakfast as our spirit day is good ALL day. You can even swing by the drive-thru! – just ask the cashier to put your receipt inside the box in order for the Leander Band to get credit.


Link your Randalls Remarkable Card to the LHS Band Boosters. The boosters receive 1% of eligible purchases made. To link your card, you must visit the customer service center and give them our number :   11130


Enter the code 71860 to get a Deluxe Soft Touch Wash for only $6.00 (regularly $8.00). You save $2 and the Leander Band receives $2 each time you enter the code at Express Auto Wash (located at 104 Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park – Corner of 183&1431, next to JJ’s BBQ. You must first enter the code and the Deluxe Soft Touch Wash will be automatically selected