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Special Events

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.


SLDBA District III Marching Assessment - Monday, October 23, 2023 

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 $10 ($5 for students under 18, children under 5 admitted free).


Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands State Championship - Saturday, November 4, 2023

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.

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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.