UL Lafayette Bands hosts a number of annual events which attract thousands of people to campus and Cajun Field. In addition to our annual events, we also have dozens of student performances, ensemble concerts, and guest artist performances every semester. Click here to view all of our upcoming events.
UL Lafayette Spring Football Game - TBA
Typically held the 1st or 2nd Saturday in April, the UL Spring Football game brings together the Pride of Acadiana and junior and senior high school musicians from across the state for an afternoon of music and fun. The date of the Spring Game is determined in the early spring, and will be posted here as soon as it is made available.
Drums Across Cajun Field - Monday, July 22, 2019
Drums Across Cajun Field, held every year in late July, is part of the Drum Corps International Summer Music Games Tour. The event brings some of the world’s most elite marching ensembles to the UL Lafayette campus.
This year's edition will be held Monday, July 22, at Cajun Field. General admission tickets are on sale now through the CAJUNDOME box office and online via Ticketmaster. Group rates (orders of 20 tickets or more) are available - please fill out the form here and contact the CAJUNDOME box office at (337) 265-2208.
***Directors of high school bands - please contact the UL Bands at email@example.com before June 1st for a special "early bird" group rate***
SLDBA District III Marching Assessment - Monday, October 28, 2019
Featuring high school marching bands from Lafayette, Vermilion, and Iberia parishes, as well as an exhibition by the "Pride of Acadiana" Marching Band, the District III Marching Assessment is held annually at Cajun Field in late October. This event is sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Band Directors Association, and admission is $7 (children under 5 admitted free).
Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands State Championship - Saturday, November 9, 2019
Every year, more than 30 high school bands from across Louisiana come to Cajun Field to compete in the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands. Co-sponsored by Lafayette Music and the Pride of Acadiana Marching Band, Showcase provides a great opportunity for bands to perform for large crowds and earn recognition and awards. The Pride of Acadiana is featured in exhibition each year right before the awards ceremony.
Showcase is special among marching band contests as there is no entrance fee for the bands. The profits are returned to the participating bands or donated to UL for use in scholarships designated for future band directors.