Announcements 8/20/2017

Schedule and Calendar – The fall calendar is finally being sent out via email and will be printed this week. I wanted to have it finalized much earlier but there were many variables that factored into the rehearsal schedule and events calendar for marching season. As always one of our big concerns is safety for the students. Our parking lot that we practice on is slated for repair next summer. In the meantime, it is full of potholes making marching somewhat dangerous. Therefore, we are planning on practicing on it as little as possible and scheduled rehearsals on Cravens field Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Monday and Thursday are full with football games. Due to this fact, this fall our day off will be on Mondays. Our 8 hours of after-school practice will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. That being said, there are other factors that make that “normal” schedule have to change. Before Labor Day, AISD does not allow marching bands to practice until after 6:00pm. Therefore, we have a modified practice schedule for the next two weeks. You can see on the calendar that there are a few weeks with altered rehearsal days as well. Calendar attached.


Private Lessons – We have a full lineup of expert teachers for our private lesson program this fall. We very strongly encourage all students to take advantage of the private lesson staff. Lessons are run through the Arlington Music Enrichment Program (AMEP). Lessons are $17 a week. Students must fill out the paperwork to be set up in the AMEP system. Those forms will be sent home this week.


Ice Cream Social – Thank you to everyone who came to our performance and ice cream social! I had a great time meeting people and seeing familiar faces. Thank you parents and booster club for putting it all together!


The Voice of The Pride of Lamar – Our loyal announcer, Brent Dow, is retiring from being the voice of the Lamar band and the ViQueens. His kids have not been students at Lamar for many years, yet, he kept on coming to every game to announce us at half-time. We greatly appreciate all he did for the band and we will miss his presence…particularly the Thriller show! We are looking for a parent with a big voice that would like to be our announcer during halftime this fall. Email a director and let us know if you are interested.

Jazz Band – Jazz 2 (the beginner jazz band) has a couple of spots left for brass students. If you have room to triple block band, see Mr. Carlton ASAP!


Color Guard – Color guard students will meet in gym B on Monday this week. Normally the 3rd period color guard class will meet in the C gym.

Transportation – If you need assistance with a ride to rehearsal, fill out the form.

Students leadership and boosters will help you coordinate.


Terry Ip photography – Mr. Ip will not be taking individual portraits in the full marching band uniform like we have done in the past. Too few families were purchasing the photo packages for it to be a viable business venture. He is willing to take these photos in his studio if there are families interested in purchasing a photo shoot package. For more info, contact him at

Summer Uniform – During the hot summer months of band, we wear a “summer uniform” in place of the full marching band uniform that we wear most of the fall. The white polo is embroidered with our LB logo and is $20. The cap has Lamar Band embroidered and is $10. If you have questions email and myself

Students must acquire on their own the rest of the summer uniform. The shorts will need to be khaki shorts (NOT cargo) that are about 9 inches long or more. Some examples are offered in the following links. The students should wear a solid brown or black belt. Shoes should be mostly white athletic shoes and socks should be short white socks.

EXAMPLES (exact brands NOT required)

Shorts (men) –

Shorts (women) –

Shoes (women) –

Shoes (men) –

Quote of the Week – “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

Events (the week ahead)

Monday, Aug 21 6:00pm – 8:00pm Marching Band Practice

Tuesday, Aug 22 6:00pm – 8:00pm Marching Band Practice

Thursday, Aug 24 6:00pm – 8:00pm Marching Band Practice

Friday, Aug 25 6:00pm – 8:00pm Marching Band Practice


Stay Connected

Text to 81010 with the following message:

Lamar Band – @lamarband

Color Guard – @lamarguard

Band Parents – @lhsbandmom

For information or to contact the booster club, email



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