Marching Band Practice Schedule – This week we are very busy with a football game and our first marching contest! Practices will be Monday 5:30-8:30, Tuesday 3:30-6:00 and Friday 3:30-6:00. As always, go to www.lamarmusic.org/calendar for practice schedules and events.
Thursday Game – This week we have a Thursday night football game. We will travel to Sam Houston HS. We will do our best to return quickly to Lamar and unload so that everyone can get home and get as much rest as possible. Students are expected to be on time to school on Friday.
Saturday Contest – This weekend is our first marching band competition. This is also one of the longest days of the fall. We will meet at LHS at 8am and do a short practice before we load and leave for Mansfield. Students need to get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a healthy breakfast before they arrive at Lamar. The booster club will feed the students lunch and dinner. Students MUST bring their water bottles for the day. We will have orange coolers available for refills. We hope to see a lot of Lamar parents, friend and families in the stands to cheer on The Pride of Lamar!
Jazz – Congrats to Steven Nickols (3rd chair tenor sax), Drew Hansen (4th chair tenor sax), and Dillon Lee (4th chair bass trombone)! AJ Cash is the alternate for trumpet. Students will participate in the All-Region Jazz ensemble clinic and concert in November.
Marching Contest Dates – All marching band performances are on the band calendar. We have TENTATIVE times for Sept 24th and Oct 1st. Sept. 24th is the Mansfield contest and it is a prelims and finals event. We perform midday and then if we make finals, in the evening. Oct. 1st is the Burleson USBands contest. It is a one performance show. We go on in the evening. On contest days, we always meet very early at Lamar to do a 1 hour dress rehearsal/run through. We also must arrive very early at contests to unload, check-in and warm-up for the performance. We normally provide a meal during the day provided by the booster club. If you are interested in volunteering on contest day, let us know! We always need an army of parents to help the students succeed without being stressed! You can always email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on being a chaperone / volunteer.
Eligibility – The Texas “no pass no play” law will start to affect band students when the six weeks report cards come out. This week, student and directors will get the 3 week progress report. The band staff will be monitoring student grades and assigning study hall and peer tutoring. We will have study hall in the band room during lunch every day and after school on Monday and Wednesday from 3:00-4:00.
Students that end up being ineligible will continue to practice with the band every day, but will not be allowed to go to football games or marching contests with us.
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 email@example.com
This is the link for people in need of rides – http://tinyurl.com/LHSRides
This is the link for people who can give rides – http://tinyurl.com/LHSDrivers
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.
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
BAND CALENDAR – www.lamarmusic.org/calendar
BAND BLOG – lamarbandnews.wordpress.com
The Week Ahead
Monday Sept 19 5:30pm-8:30pm Marching Band Rehearsal
Tuesday Sept 20 3:30pm-6:00pm Marching Band Rehearsal
Thursday Sept 22 4:30pm-10:00pm Football @ Sam Houston
Friday Sept 23 3:30pm-6:00pm Marching Band Rehearsal
Saturday Sept 24 8:00am-10:00pm Marching Contest @ Mansfield
Quote of the Week – “Competition…Not to defeat an opponent or to win a prize, but to pace one another on the road to excellence.” – Sir Walter Davies