Announcements 11/6/16

Marching Season – This Saturday was our final competition this season. The USBands Remo Finale Series Championship was a success! I’m proud to say that we placed 2nd in Group IV open and won the outstanding color guard award! In finals we placed 5th overall! On a side note, we placed 2nd in the visual performance caption in finals! Please do not share this unlisted video of our performances.

Prelims –

Finals –

This is a wonderful way to end a stellar marching season. It took determination and dedication to make it to the end like we did. The students were working hard make changes Saturday afternoon before we went into our final performance. What a remarkable bunch of musical athletes!

I want to thank everyone for their contributions to the Pride of Lamar. I would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Zack Riley. I hired him as a part-time district employee to teach marching and drill to the marching band. Mr. Riley has gone FAR ABOVE AND BEYOND his contractual obligations. He puts in MANY more hours than we can afford to pay him. He is the true definition of PRIDE! He is an alumnus of the Lamar High School and a music education major. I have no doubt that Mr. Riley is going to be an incredible educator. We wish him well as he finishes his degree and start his student teaching.


All-City & All-Region – All band students are strongly encouraged to audition for All City and All Region Honor Band Auditions. This is a very important educational experience for you musicians. Sign up here

Spring Trip – This spring, the band & orchestra will be traveling to Nashville! Trip contracts and info are available from Mr. Lang. The $150 deposit is due ASAP! Limited seats available for this year’s trip.

Volunteer Opportunity – The Shackelford band is hosting All-Region Phase 2 auditions for JH here at Lamar on Nov. 12th. They need about 30 total volunteers. They have some volunteers already from the Shack parents. They need more parents and students to help run the contest. The contest will run approximately from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Many of the volunteers will be done by noon. Please email Matt Nagel at if you can help. There is also a sign up in the band room.

Videos and memorabilia – I want to make sure the students have an opportunity to order the video from Area. I am going to share the video from USBands for free. Please remember, we have copyright licenses for this year’s show. We paid a lot of money for these copyright permissions, but we can’t share this on YouTube publicly or sell copies of our marching band performances.

CVP recorded high quality DVD’s and Blu-Ray’s of our Prelims performance. Go to this link to order

I wanted to pass on this optional information regarding patches. Many students collect patches during their years in HS band. These are to be attached to the letter jacket. Band students have the opportunity to “letter” in band after completing the Lamar Band/Color Guard “letter form”. It is in the back of the handbook for either band or color guard.

The attached pdf is information for the OFFICIAL UIL area patches. The link below is for USBands patches. The website that sells USBands patches and gear also sells UIL knock off patches. You are welcome to purchase or not whatever you desire. I just wanted to share the info. Dean Corey had patches for sale. The Dean Corey PTA usually has an order form also. I can contact them if you are interested in those patches.

USBands – FYI, we attended the Dallas Showcase in Burleson and the REMO finale Series is next week.

Jazz Band – On Nov. 9th, eat at Chipotle on North Collins. They will contribute for any sale made all day, 11:00 am till 10:00 pm. Make plans to eat lunch and maybe dinner too!

Fundraisers – Fundraiser is due. It should have been turned in last Friday. Many students still owe us the fundraiser orders forms and money. Please take care of this Monday.

Yankee Candle items can also be ordered online. You can search items, order and pay, and your items will be shipped directly to you immediately (shipping costs will apply). Anytime people order online, even after Nov. 4, the band will benefit if they use our group number.

Also a new mobile phone app.

Enter Group # 990105636

Fredericksburg Farms may allow ordering online but they have not given us a group number. If anyone wants to order online, just put Lamar Band Booster Club in the notes and they should connect it to us.

Program Ads – Show your band member how proud you are of them by publishing an ad in the annual concert program! These are handed out at each winter and spring band and orchestra concerts. We can also advertise your business or any business that you patronize. The deadline has passed so program ads need to be submitted as soon as possible.  For information or to submit an ad, email

Stay Connected – Remind is the text service we use to communicate information via mass text. There is an app available if you would like that instead of a text or email. To sign up send a text to 81010 with the following message: Lamar Band – @lamarband / Color Guard – @lamarguard / Band Parents – @lhsbandmom

BAND TWITTER – @VikingBand

BAND INSTA – @lamarband

BAND FACEBOOK – Lamar Viking Band



The Week Ahead

Monday Nov 7 3:30-6:30 Drumline Rehearsal

Monday Nov 7 6:00-7:00 Open House @ Lamar HS!

Tuesday Nov 8 5:00-6:00 Nichols vs Shack football (optional)

Wednesday Nov 9 3:00-5:00 Marching band portrait make ups

Wednesday Nov 9 5:00-8:00 Dickey’s BBQ fundraiser

Wednesday Nov 9 6:30-8:30 LBBC Board Meeting

Thursday Nov 10 9:00-10:00 Veteran’s Day Assembly (Wind Ensemble only)

Friday Nov 11 3:30-6:00 Drumline Rehearsal

Saturday Nov 12 All Day Lewisville Drumline Contest (percussion only)

Quote of the Week – “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier