Lassiter Marching Band Wins Northeast Regional Championship


The Lassiter High School Marching Trojan Band was named Champions of the 2009 Bands of America Northeastern Regional Championship on Saturday, October 24! Twenty-eight award-winning bands from seven states competed in the championships at West Chester University, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Bands entered into the competition were from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Georgia. In addition to winning the regional overall championship, the Lassiter Band won Class AAA, winning awards in Best Music and Best General Effect.

The Lassiter competition show was entitled, “Candide,” with music excerpts from the Broadway Musical composed by Leonard Bernstein. Musical selections included: the Overture to Candide, Make Our Garden Grow, and Candide Suite (Westphalia). This year’s Trojan Band numbers 250 members making it the largest high school marching band in the Metro Atlanta area and the largest band in this particular competition. This win represents the ninth victory in the last eleven multi-state regional championships between the years of 1995 and 2009. These multi-state regional championships were in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania. On the following day, Sunday, October 25, the band spent the day touring the National Mall in Washington, DC, visiting all of the sights of the National Capitol. It was a wonderful weekend.

The Lassiter Marching Band is a two-time NATIONAL CHAMPION, winning national championships in 1998 and again in 2002. The band has marched in the 1999 and 2004 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and in the 1988, 2001 and 2005 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. In November of 2010, the Trojan Band has once again been invited to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Director of Bands at Lassiter is Alfred L. Watkins, assisted by Laura Borchert and James Thompson.