Announcements 8/21/16

Band Camp – With band camp complete, we have about 50% of our marching season rehearsals behind us! Crazy to think we have come that far before the first day of school. That’s not to say we won’t be extremely busy until November. Thanks to everyone who made the August camp run smoothly.


Marching Band Practice Schedule – Trying to explain the after school practice schedule is very difficult, as it will seem inconsistent with the many variables that we must deal with. It is posted on our website. (See the bottom of this email for next weeks schedule.) We keep our rehearsals to 8 hours per week and we do what we can to maximize the student’s study time. We strongly encourage students to study / do homework at lunch in the band room. After school, the band room is used for study / tutoring and practicing.


Rides to Practice – The booster club and band student council are working together to help students find a ride to practices. If you have questions, contact the booster club parents at

This is the link for people in need of rides –

This is the link for people who can give rides –


Forms and Fees – It is important to take care of any outstanding forms and fees as quickly as possible. The first football game is this week and students MUST have all forms turned in before Friday. It is an away game. Therefore, we can only take students that have turned in their medical and travel forms. Students must also have purchased their summer uniform (polo $20 and cap $10).


Fundraiser – The Snap! Raise fundraiser is ongoing. The students are doing great. As of today, we have $9,399 donated! We are tracking student effort. We are asking students to send 20 good emails and share their page on social media. Help us spread the word! 11 days left


Ice Cream Social – A big thanks to everyone that came out in the rain to see our performance and socialize and eat ice cream. Thank you Lamar band booster club, Mrs. Dickey and all the parents who stepped up to help out.


SAT test days – SAT tests conflict with our first two marching contests this fall. We encourage students to sign up for the December test date.


Marching Contest Dates – All marching band performances are on the band calendar. Exact times will not be available until about two weeks before each marching contest date. We will give a best estimate about 3 weeks ahead of time. Usually, marching contests are a FULL day event.


Marching band health

Eat a healthy balanced diet – We always encourage students to “eat something green”! We simply mean eat vegetables and/or things that were once alive! A balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats are important.

Sleep – Get plenty of sleep during band camp. Target 8-10 hours of quality sleep every night.

Hydration Tips and Fluid Guidelines

  • Drink according to a schedule based on individual fluid needs.

  • Drink before, during and after practices and performances.

  • Drink early – By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

  • In general, every 10-20 minutes drink at least 7-10 ounces of water or sports drink to maintain hydration, and remember to drink beyond your thirst.

  • Drink fluids based on the amount of sweat and urine loss.

  • Within two hours, drink enough to replace any weight loss from exercise.

  • Drink approximately 20-24 ounces of sports drink per pound of weight loss.

  • Dehydration usually occurs with a weight loss of two percent of body weight or more.

What Not to Drink

  • Drinks with Carbohydrate (CHO) concentrations of greater than eight percent should be avoided.

  • Fruit juices, CHO gels, sodas, and sports drinks that have a CHO greater than six to eight percent are not recommended during exercise as sole beverages.

  • Beverages containing caffeine, alcohol, and carbonation are not to be used because of the high risk of dehydration associated with excess urine production, or decreased voluntary fluid intake.

What to Drink During Rehearsal

  • The carbohydrate concentration in the ideal fluid replacement solution should be in the range of six to eight percent CHO.

  • During events when a high rate of fluid intake is necessary to sustain hydration, sports drinks with less than seven percent CHO should be used to optimize fluid delivery. These sports drinks have a faster gastric emptying rate and thus aid in hydration.

  • Sports drinks with a CHO content of 10 percent have a slow gastric emptying rate and contribute to dehydration and should be avoided during exercise.

  • Fluids with salt (sodium chloride) are beneficial to increasing thirst and voluntary fluid intake as well as offsetting the amount of fluid lost with sweat.

  • Salt should never be added to drinks, and salt tablets should be avoided.

  • Cool beverages at temperatures between 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit are recommended for best results with fluid replacement.


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

Friday        Aug 19        8:00pm-9:00pm        Exhibition and Ice Cream Social @ Cravens

Monday    Aug 22        6:00pm-8:30pm        Marching Band Practice

Tuesday    Aug 23        6:00pm-8:30pm        Marching Band Practice

Thursday    Aug 24        6:00pm-8:30pm        Marching Band Practice

Friday        Aug 25        4:00pm-11:00pm    Football @ Fossil Ridge HS


Quote of the Week – “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” – Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog