The Caprock Longhorn Band strives for the highest in musical achievement, integrity, and performance. Each ensemble member is driven toward common goals that elevate and mature the program, as well as themselves. We are determined to achieve musical excellence with every member, and endow a lasting passion for music. The band program achieves such commitment by studying quality wind literature in both concert and marching band.
Members have multiple mediums in which they can strive for musical excellence. The most noticeable is the award winning Longhorn Marching Band. As the Marching Band continues to grow, we have added a few extra flares that will bring special attention to our performances. Caprock is proud to have the addition of a Color Guard for the 2014 Marching season. With the combination of flags, dancing, and musical expression, the color guard will bring that extra push that we need to continue our success.
In band, students have multiple opportunities to develop leadership and teaching skills. The honor of being a part of the leadership team, loading crew, and drum major team sharpens the skills needed to be a successful leader in today’s society. The ultimate goal of the Longhorn Band is to not only play music, but to play music passionately.
Musicians will leave the band program with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to continue their drive to make music. By participating in band, the musicians join a large family of peers and mentors that are connected and motivated by common artistic expression. We are proud of the foundation that this band has been built upon. We thank the community, alumni, and administration for the continued support in helping make the Longhorn Band a success
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Sam Labordus is the Director of Bands at Caprock High School. In this role, Mr. Labordus Conducts the Honors Band, and the Longhorn Marching Band. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Labordus attended Tyler Junior College where he holds an Associate’s Degree in Music; he then attended Texas A&M University – Commerce, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, and study Trombone with Jimmy Clark. Mr. Labordus has been with Caprock Since 2010.
Music has allowed Mr. Labordus to travel and perform with some of the greatest musicians in America. Mr. Labordus has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas with the Texas A&M University – Commerce Trombone Choir, and with the International Collegiate Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds.
Mr. Labordus, along with his beautiful wife Mikaela, and adorable son Ethan, live in Amarillo with their dog Amy, and two cats, Keira and Brutus. They enjoy spending time with their family, volunteering with their church, being outdoors, fishing, and listening to music. Mr. Labordus is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, a sponsor to the Texas Future Music Educators, and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.