Leander HS Band Indianapolis 2019

We could not be more excited to be headed back to Indianapolis for BOA Grand Nationals next school year and the preparation begins now! Please see below steps to get registered and submit payments. Detailed instructions and more information regarding the trip is attached.

Login steps:

1. Step 1: Go Online Visit www.musictravel.com Click “Trip Login”
2. Step 2: Click the “Register as a New User” button.
3. Step 3: Create Trip Account Create a password, enter an email address and enter contact information. Then click on, Create Account. You will then receive the following message: Your account has been created successfully.” Soon, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail. Whenever you log in, use the email address (email address is username) and password that you just entered.

Payment structure:

1. PAST DUE – $75, Due 7/15/18 — Non Refundable
2. 2018 Installments – $160 — Due:
a. 9/15/18
b. 11/15/18
3. 2019 Installments – $160 — Due:
a. 1/15/19
b. 3/15/19
c. 5/15/19
d. 7/15/19
e. 9/15/19
4. Final Balance — Amount TBD — Due:
a. 10/23/19

Music Travel contact info:

1. Tour Questions: Chris Forsythe Email Address: chris.forsythe@musictravel.com
2. Financial Questions: Barbara Sherwood Email Address: barbara.sherwood@musictravel.com


Grand Nationals 2016


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March-A-Thon 2018

Leander Band Annual March-A-Thon

Saturday, October 6, 2018

2 pm Rehearsal – 7 pm Performance in Bible Stadium
The annual March-a-thon is our largest fundraiser of the year, and our goal is to raise over
$100,000 for the band program to offset costs for transportation, clinicians, uniforms, food,
staff, etc. Please review the information below and donate to our amazing students, as we
continue to raise the standard and expectations for band programs across the country!

Donating as an individual? DONATE HERE! 
Don’t forget to reference your student!

Donating as a SPONSOR? Click here for more information!

Ready to donate as a SPONSOR? CLICK HERE! 

The Day of the Event – October 6, 2018:
2:00 P.M. – Student Rehearsal/Clinic at LHS

7:00 P.M. – FREE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE by the LHS Band in full uniform!

This is a great way to say “thank you” to the supporters of the LHS Band program.

Photo opportunity on the field with your student in full uniform, don’t miss out!

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

Robert Selaiden is the Director of Bands at Leander High School in Leander, Texas. Mr. Selaiden is in his 11th year at Leander and his 4th year as head director, and in that time the Leander Band has become one of the preeminent programs in the country. Most recently, the program has been named a bronze medalist at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest, a finalist at the 6A State Marching contest (earning 7th place), and was named a finalist and received 6th place at the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Before coming to Leander High School, Mr. Selaiden attended The University of Texas where he received his degree in Music Studies and Human Development, 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 for the SASI Drum Major and Leadership Camps for the last seven years, and remains active as a clinician and music arranger around the state.

Ali Carraher
Associate Director of Bands
Ali Carraher was named Associate Director of Bands at Leander High School in June of 2015. A native of Hillsborough NJ, she began her teaching career in 2010 near Princeton, New Jersey where she independently oversaw and ran all aspects of her high school band program. Ali is incredibly grateful to serve on the Leander High School Band staff. The program has recently been named a bronze medalist at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest, a finalist at the 6A State Marching contest, and finalist and 6th place position at the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

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 many 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 Marching Band for three years.

Ali and her husband Tom, are overjoyed to be a part of the Leander Band Family!


Michael Swiren
Associate Director of Bands

Michael Swiren is currently in his third year as Associate Band Director at Leander High School, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Mr. Swiren also directs the Roaring Thunder Tuba Ensemble and Pit Orchestra. Prior to joining the wonderful Fine Arts Department at LHS, Mr. Swiren earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting both from the University of Delaware under the tutelage of Dr. Chad Nicholson, Heidi Sarver, Jim Ancona, and Brian Brown.​ While at the University of Delaware, Mr. Swiren held positions as a Graduate Assistant and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Tuba Ensemble.

An active musician, Mr. Swiren performed for three summers as a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010, 2011, 2013). In 2014 Mr. Swiren was also selected as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, selected by a panel of professional Yamaha Performing Artists as one of the nation’s top performing young musicians.

In addition to teaching and performing, Mr. Swiren is also an active researcher and author. In 2015 his articled entitled, “Sequencing Your Band to Success” was published in the National Band Association Journal. Mr. Swiren also presented research in March of 2018 at the National Association for Music Educators’ Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Michael Zellers
Percussion Director
Michael Zellers currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Leander High School in Leander, TX. In addition to working with the high school students at Leander, Michael is also the percussion director at running Brushy Middle School. Zellers received his Master in Music Performance from the University of Delaware and his Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University.​

Michael Zellers is currently the electronics designer for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle corps form Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Boston’s staff, Michael served on the percussion staff of The Cadets from 2011-2015. He served as a front ensemble technician from 2011-2013 and the Electronics designer from 2013-2015. During his time with The Cadets, the corps won their 10th DCI World Championship in 2011 and The Cadets Percussion section received the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance in 2013. In addition to his most recent work with the Cadets, Zellers has worked with the Jersey Surf and Reading Buccaneers.


Will Callaway
Color Guard Director

A long time student of ballet, modern dance, and theater, Will Callaway has been serving as the Color Guard Director at Leander since 2011 as well as  being involved with color guard since 2002. Most recently, the color guard at the Leander traveled to Dayton, OH where they were named the 2018 A Class Champion for Winter Guard International earning the highest score in A class history as well as being the 3rd highest score of WGI history spanning more than 50 years. The color guard  was also invited to the 69th Annual Texas Bandmasters Association as the “Featured Color Guard” in the summer of 2016 as well as the 2018 Regional Champion of the WGI San Antonio Regional. They have also been a  champion/finalist for three of the top Texas WGI Regional events for the last three years and have been in the top 3 of A Class at the TCGC Championships for the last six of the eight years.

Drum corps experience has included involvement with the Magic of Orlando, Crossmen, Reading Buccaneers, and the Bluecoats. 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 including the WGI 2011 SA Silver Medalist and SO/SW finalist Mechanicsburg HS, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (2011-2013) and The Cadets (2016). Will is originally from Harrisburg, PA and has lived in Austin for the last 9 years.



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, 2016

Bands of America 3A National Champion – 2016

WGI World Champion – 2018

Bands of America Super Regional Finalist – 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

Bands of America Austin Regional Champions – 2015

UIL State Marching Contest Finalist – 1998, 2000, 2015, 2016

UIL State Marching Band Bronze Medalist – 2015

Two-time State Championship Color Guard – 2013, 2014, 2018

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.

2018-2019 Booster Executive Board

President – Mike Heckman, president@leanderband.com

Vice President – Andrea Triola, vicepresident@leanderband.com

Co-Treasurer –  Shawn Boardman, treasurer@leanderband.com

Co-Treasurer – Lyra Emmond, assistanttreasurer@leanderband.com

Secretary – Carol Karnes, secretary@leanderband.com

Parliamentarian –  Dianna Schisser, parliamentarian@leanderband.com

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

2018-2019 FORMS 

UIL 8-Hour Rule Form

Parent Waiver and Consent 2018

LHS Band Handbook-18-19

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.



2018-2019 Medical Form

2018-2019 Physical Form

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 ali.carraher@leanderisd.org. 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

Mellanox Technologies

Drum Major Level

Leader Level

New Era Code LLC
Sickle Cell Association of Texas

Heartland Roofing & Construction

Family First Healthcare

Musician Level

Aviva Dental Care
Flawless Hauling
GCG Investments LLC
Island Dune Communities
La Tapatia #3
M3 Design Inc
Ramirez Hauling

Patron Level

Alamo Consumer Direct LLC

Austin Body Works

Austin Telco Federal Credit Union

Benco Valet Trash

Bolen Studios

Sweet Events – Candy Wheeler

Effective Sign Solutions

Happy Stitches

Johnny Chops Mens Hair Care

Keyless Ride

Kindred Oaks Wedding & Event Center

Leander Dental Care

Maldonado ATA Martial Arts

Mayo & Poland

Pak Family Eye Care

Quality Brothers Automotive


Talisman Group

Teriyaki Madness

Transtex License & Permit Solutions

Vista Ridge Family Dentistry

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