The Longhorn Band is a year-round program offered as a course by the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Registration in this course is open to any student of the various academic disciplines provided at UT Austin.
Activities begin in August with Band Week and continue until University graduation 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. UT Austin 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 pm 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 90 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.
For more Longhorn Band information, visit the Longhorn Band website.