Announcements 8/7/16

Band Camp – The first week of camp was stellar! The directors and staff are very pleased with our progress. The students were prepared to work hard and even handled the warm temperatures. We continue tomorrow with the same schedule as last week. We will rehearse 7:00am to 11:00am and then 1:30 to 5:00. It is important for students to be on time. In fact, students need to arrive early so that they may get their equipment before we start at 7:00am sharp! All students must have a water bottle. We recommend 32oz Nalgene bottles. Students should wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Lightweight, comfortable clothing is also important. Students must wear athletic shoes to marching band practice! Attendance will be handled differently this school year, all absences and tardies will be taken within the first 30 minutes of rehearsal. If your student is absent/late, their parent/guardian will be notified. Attendance and punctuality is used to help determine which students will have varsity spots for this year’s show.

August 15-19 we will practice 5:00pm to 9:00pm. This late rehearsal is due to the fact that the band directors have teacher in-service from 8am – 4pm. We are going to have our student leadership lead some sectionals in the mornings. We are also going to have our marching instructors available for individual help with marching technique.


Lunch During Camp – I’m excited to announce that AISD will provide free breakfast and lunch during the first two weeks of August band camp! Thanks to our cafeteria manager for helping us this together. Breakfast will be 6:45-7:00 and lunch 11:30-1:00.


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 –


Fundraiser – The Snap! Raise fundraiser kicked off on Thursday. The students are doing great. 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!


Ice Cream Social – On Friday August 19th we will host our exhibition performance at 8:00pm. Afterwards we will enjoy a combined ice cream social with our partners in halftime performance the Lamar Drill Team, The ViQueens! Invite everyone so we have a big crowd for our first performance of the season!


Prop Building Day – Thank you to all the students and parents (and grandparents!) that came out to help build props on Saturday!


School Registration Day – Lamar registration is this week. It is important that students don’t miss rehearsal for registration. This year, administration is offering afternoon times Tuesday-Thursday 4:00-7:00. As soon as students finish with practice, they can go to registration, which is the hall next to the band room. See the attached flyer for details.


Marching Band Practice Schedule – We have adjusted our after school practice schedule this fall. To allow us the use of Cravens field, we are rehearsing on Monday’s from 5:30-8:30. On Tuesdays & Thursdays we will practice from 3:30-6:00 on the parking lot grid. That being said, rehearsals before labor day can’t start until after 6:00pm (when the heat of the day has broken) by district policy. Also, weeks with holidays on Monday or Friday will cause a change in rehearsal times. This year, we also have a few Thursday football games. This will cause us to practice on Fridays. We will communicate changes in advance and as always, it will be posted on


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

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BAND FACEBOOK – Lamar Viking Band




The Week Ahead

Mon-Fri        Aug 8-12    7:00am-11:00am    Marching Band Rehearsal (outside)

Mon-Fri        Aug 8-12    1:30pm-5:00pm        Marching Band Rehearsal (inside)


Quote of the Week – “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford