Southwood High School Band
Under the direction of Mr. Lennard Holden, the Southwood High School band is located in Shreveport, Louisiana and a part of the Caddo Parish School District. This AWARD WINNING band houses some of the best musical talent in Louisiana. This is band is comprises of four units: Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, and Ensemble Band. One of the premiere programs in the country, Mr. Holden and his staff is dedicated to demanding excellence from every student.
The Southwood Marching Cowboys Band performs at all home games, adding music and pageantry to the excitement of Cowboy football. It also performs during select away games, high school contest exhibitions, and special events, such as church programs, parades, exhibition performances and community service performances.
The Southwood Symphonic Winds are dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interests of the ensemble members through the performance of challenging wind literature. The ensemble's repertoire is drawn from traditional and innovative compositions, original works for band, and symphonic transcriptions. Members are placed in the ensemble by the conductor, as they are the school’s premier instrumental ensemble.
The Southwood Jazz Ensemble is a"big band” that performs the contemporary jazz, as standards made famous by Jazz greats . An exciting part of playing in the Jazz Ensemble is the variety of unique places and “gigs” students get to do. This ensemble also explores students’ vocal talents as we usually have several students who get side training from the director the lead vocal numbers.
The Pep Band is another one of our award-winning groups that focuses on creative, yet challenging works of music. This band has received countless awards on the district, state, and national levels. Members of this band are expected to perform at the highest level and work not only to discipline themselves in music, but discipline themselves as young people.
Lennard Holden received his bachelor’s degree in music from Mississippi College, Clinton, MS. He has been the Director of Bands at Southwood High School since 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Holden held a position at Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi.
Mr. Holden directs the Freshman Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Choir, Woodwind Ensemble, Marching Auxiliaries, The Southwood Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep and Marching Bands.
Under his direction at Southwood High School, the band program has grown from 23 members to over 120. Southwood’s band has been recognized for numerous awards and honors. The school’s ensembles have performed in Washington, D.C.; Houston, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Jackson, Mississippi.
The Southwood Symphonic Wind Ensemble was a feature in USA TODAY in 2015, the group was also chosen as featured artist in the Shreveport Magazine and the Shreveport Times.
Mr. Holden is active as a judge and clinician in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. As a performer, Mr. Holden plays trumpet in the Shreveport Regional Jazz Ensembles, and the Red River Wind Orchestra where he has served as guest Conductor.
His professional affiliations include NAME, Louisiana Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, and Minority Band Directors National Association.