Brian Mayer, Director of Bands
Ponder East, Associate Director
Seth Lampert, Percussion Instructor
Seth received his bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance as well as a master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He held a teaching assistantship under Professor Thom Hannum and taught the UMass Marching Band, which has performed at several nationally televised events including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and The Rose Parade in 2018.
Seth was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Discovering his passion for music at an early age, he began learning to play the drum set when he was six. Continuing throughout high school, he was involved in the music program in the Portsmouth School District, studying under percussion instructor, Steve Cirillo, medaling several times and earning a WGI Scholastic Concert Open Class championship in 2011 with the high school’s Percussion Ensemble. He continued to teach and arrange after graduating from PHS in 2015.
During his time at UMass, Seth had the opportunity to teach, arrange, and perform with the world renowned UMass percussion section, the UMass Marimba Bands/Ensembles and several other ensembles offered at the university. To expand upon his classical training he was selected by studio professor, Ayano Kataoka, to perform in the McCormick Marimba Festival at the University of South Florida in January of 2019. He also had the opportunity to learn from artists in residence Victor Caccese and Terry Sweeney from contemporary chamber percussion group, Sandbox Percussion, in the spring of 2019.
Seth’s marching career began in 2014 where he spent his first season playing cymbals and his second playing quads with The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. He then spent four seasons playing quads with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. During his time at The Cadets he had the opportunity to perform under Colin McNutt in 2016 and DCI Hall of Fame member Tom Aungst from 2017-2019. Seth was a quad tech with The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019-2020 and is also currently teaching the Cadets quad line.
Landy Roberson, Color Guard Instructor
Originally from Mountain Home, Arkansas, Landy has now been an Austin resident since August of 2020. Throughout high school, Landy developed a passion for music and the marching arts, serving as drum major and rifle captain of their high school marching band. Immediately after high school, Landy spent four years marching World Class Drum and Bugle Corps with Crossmen DBC in 2015 and 2016 as well as The Cavaliers DBC in 2017 and 2018. During this time, Landy relocated to Houston, TX in Fall 2016 to begin their teaching career as a color guard director. Landy has spent the last five years directing Santa Fe HS, Ridge Point HS and Moe & Gene Johnson HS as well as writing choreography for several others. Their favorite part of teaching is seeing their students have their “Aha! Moments” every season.
Outside of teaching, Landy enjoys spinning in their free time with Invictus World Class Winter Color Guard. Landy has been marching with the last three years with Invictus, performing all over Texas and at WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH. Landy intends to return to Invictus for their fourth year for the 2022 winter season beginning in October. Landy is beyond excited to be joining the LASA HS Band team this year and is excited to figure out what the Raptor Band is all about!
Herbert Washington, Colorguard Consultant, Visual Design, Choreography