BACK AT IT AGAIN – I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the week off. It is good to decompress before a big final push. The important thing is that we get back at it quickly on Monday. The directors have a sense of urgency. The directors had a long productive week before the break. We have a gameplan to be successful for our UIL contests. All three of us are very passionate about the success of the students in the Lamar band. We will all show this in different ways, but our mission is the same, division 1 ratings at UIL. We are implementing some new strategies to help push in the right direction. One of which is the cell phone policy. We will be asking all students to put their phone under their chair during class. Distractions are our enemy when we are trying to work together on ensemble music. Another expectation is that no cases, backpacks, or homework will be allowed in the rehearsal. Those items must be stored in cubbies. There are 21 school days until UIL. All students must commit to performing at a high level at every opportunity.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing
WINTERGUARD – The Lamar JV winterguard “Blue” performed this past Saturday at the NTCA Regional A Championship at Marcus HS. The guard had an excellent performance with great crowd reaction to cap of the inaugural year of the Lamar Blue Winterguard. The guard came in 5th place in their round of 10. The staff is very proud of the hard work all season and the final product at the end of it. Great job ladies!
SPRING TRIP – The spring trip final meeting is March 24th at 7:00pm. All students that are going to NYC must attend with a parent/guardian.
PASTA-PALOOZA – This is our annual fundraiser to help offset the cost of our spring banquet. Jazz, winterguard and other performances along with delicious pasta made by our booster club. Mark your calendars for March 31st at Lamar HS, 6:00pm.
PICNIC IN THE PARK – Mark your calendar for May 21st. This will be a celebration of all of the band students 7-12 in the Lamar network. Bands will perform, there will be food trucks, games and lots of fun! Bring the family and don’t forget lawn chairs and sunscreen!
Monday, 3:00-5:00 Percussion Ensemble
Monday, 5:00-7:00 Drumline Auditions
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 Jazz 2
Tuesday, 4:00-5:30 Symphonic Band FULL BAND
Wednesday, 6:45am-7:20am Symphonic Band Trumpets
Wednesday, 3:00-3:45 Wind Symphony woodwinds
Wednesday, 3:45-4:30 Wind Symphony Brass
Thursday, 6:45am-7:20am Symphonic Band Clarinets
Thursday, 3:00-4:15 Jazz 2
Thursday, 4:30-6:30 Percussion Ensemble
JAZZ – The jazz ensemble will be competing at the Bill Watrous Jazz Competition in Huntsville on April 2nd. They will be leaving at 5:30am. We are still looking for another parent chaperone for that trip. Contact Mr. Carlton if you can attend.
CLINICIANS – This Wednesday we will have special guest clinicians for Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. Be prepared to work hard and make sure you have all equipment for rehearsal, including your pencil.
SYMPHONIC BAND – Mark tuning tendencies in your music. This week we start full band sectionals/rehearsals on Tuesday afternoon from 4:00-5:30. These will happen every week up until UIL.
FUTURE LEADERS – Students who did not receive the leadership handbook and forms, please see Mr. Lang asap. All leader candidates need to let Mr. Lang know what position they desire to audition for.
SMART MUSIC – Some of the assignments for the 5th six weeks will come from SmartMusic. We have 9 computers with a SmartMusic subscription in the band room. If students would like their own personal accounts for practice and recording at home, you are welcome to look into purchasing that subscription based service https://store.makemusic.com/
on your own. To create your free account for use at Lamar, go to the following link. Students will also be able to “enroll” in the correct band class.
Wind Symphony – https://gradebook.smartmusic.
Symphonic Band – https://gradebook.smartmusic.
Concert Band – https://gradebook.smartmusic.
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, Wind Symphony – @lhsws
BAND TWITTER – @VikingBand
BAND INSTA – @lamarband
BAND FACEBOOK – Lamar Viking Band
BAND CALENDAR – www.lamarmusic.org/calendar
BAND BLOG – lamarbandnews.wordpress.com
THE WEEK AHEAD
Monday Mar 21 Back at it! “A” Day
Thursday Mar 24 7:00pm-8:00pm NYC Trip Meeting (Parents & Students required)
Friday Mar 25 March Holiday no school
Thursday Mar 31 6:00pm–8:00pm Pasta-Palooza @ LHS
QUOTE OF THE WEEK – “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that does not really matter.” – anonymous