Lowcountry Marching Band Invitational (LCI)

The Wando High School Band Boosters are pleased to announce the:

2022 Lowcountry Invitational

Marching Band Festival

to be held on the campus of Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC on Saturday September 24, 2022.

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to invite you to perform at the 2022 Lowcountry Invitational Marching Band Festival.  We take pride in offering a festival that is well run and based on the educational welfare of its participants.  The goal for the entire event is to provide participating bands with a wealth of knowledge about their product and to offer a myriad of ideas as to how they can improve their performance.

We have hired some of the best evaluators in the country, who have come from a cross-section of experiences.  We will continue to offer a post-performance critique following the exhibition performance with the goal of having you walk away feeling that it was certainly a worthwhile experience to attend the event and that it was time well spent.  More detailed information regarding the stadium, parking, etc. is coming soon. 

For all of you who have participated in the past, we hope that you will return and also spread the word about the event.  For those of you who are looking for a contest on September 24th, we hope that you will consider joining us for this exceptional Marching Band experience.


Wando High School Band Directors and Staff:
Bobby Lambert, Director of Bands
Lanie Radecke, Associate Director of Bands
Jeff Handel, Associate Director of Bands



Performance order for the Lowcountry Invitational will be determined by postmark of all returned materials.  This includes a registration form and a non-refundable $125.00 registration fee.  Registration  is available here.  The registration Fee and application are due on or before Friday, August 14, 2022.  After August 14, bands will be accepted on a space available basis.  The host band director will select performance preferences for performance times within each class in the order in which registration fees are received.


Class will be determined by the number of wind players in the band.  Classifications are as follows:

Class A less than 40 winds
Class AA 40 – 80 winds
Class AAA 81 – 100 winds
Class AAAA 100-140 winds 
Class AAAAA 140 winds and above

Directors may elect to register by hornline size OR may register by their SCBDA classification (high school league designation).


First, Second and Third place trophies will be awarded in each classification. Trophies will also be awarded for Best Drumline, Best Drum Major, Best Color Guard and Highest Music Score.  The Grand Champion Trophy will be awarded to the ensemble with the highest total score, regardless of classification.  The Wando High School Band will march in exhibition prior to the awards ceremony.


Bands will be scheduled in fifteen-minute performance slots.  All bands should attempt to perform within a six to ten-minute time span. There will be four warm-up areas for your convenience. Dressing rooms available on site.


Judges are selected from among the finest music and visual educators in the United States.  Judges will evaluate performance in Music, Marching, and General Effect, along with additional judges that will evaluate marching technique, drum major, color guard, and drumline captains.   


Approximately one month prior to the Invitational, directors will receive a complete information packet.  This packet will contain a master schedule, sitemaps, rules, and basic procedures for the contest.  Passes for staff members and chaperones can be picked up at the check-in table which will be located at the front of the school.  Concessions will be available and meals can be arranged prior to the event.  All other information can be accessed via the band website.

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

Bobby Lambert: director@wandobands.org

Lanie Radecke: radecke@wandobands.org

LCI is run exclusively by the Wando Band Boosters. The purpose is to provide national-level adjudication for all music students who participate. The judges are solicited from among the finest music and visual educators in the country. Directors are able to participate in a post-performance critique that provides immediate and valuable feedback about their ensemble’s performance.

The Festival is successful due to the support of our community and the hard work and dedication of hundreds of parent and student volunteers, but the young people are the stars of the show. We are proud to host almost 2,000 talented musicians and color guard members each year who, through tremendous commitment to excellence, treat our spectators to a day of amazing music and pageantry through the marching band activity.

For Band Directors

Registration/payment can be completed online or you can mail the registration form with non-refundable $125.00 fee to:

Bobby Lambert, Director of Bands
Wando High School
1000 Warrior Way
Mount Pleasant, SC   29466

Make Checks Payable to Wando Band Boosters

Phone: (843) 881-8257
E-mail: lci@wandobands.org
Web: www.wandobands.org

P.O. Box 927
Mt. Pleasant, SC   29465-0927
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Wando Parents… Volunteer for LCI!

LCI’s success is a large undertaking for logistics, operations, services and hospitality to all our guests, bands and spectators with 250+ volunteer positions. We’re asking for Parents and Students to help with LCI. Volunteering is essential (required) to make the Lowcountry Invitational a success. And it’s fun! 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and check-in at the Volunteer Check-In table located on the practice field near the main gate. You will be checked in, receive your volunteer name badge, informed of the committee chairperson for your spot and directed to your station. Please email lci@wandobands.org for more information!

Thank you for your support of band programs everywhere on behalf of the Wando Band Boosters!


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