July 28 Announcements

ARLINGTON YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS -The AYS is having its final audition on August 2nd. This is short notice, but if interested, please go to http://www.arlingtonyouthsymphony.org/ for more information. “We still need clarinetists, trumpeters, and percussionists…”.


Registration/Get Fit Day will take place on Saturday, August 1st.  During this time parents will turn in forms and pay fees, and students will get fitted for their uniforms and shoes. There will also be opportunities to purchase t shirts and other band items.  The necessary forms are attached to this email, and online atwww.lamarmusic.org if you’d like to print them and bring them filled out to registration to save time. We will have notaries at registration to sign the forms. Seniors & Juniors-9:00-10:30, Soph.-10:30-12:00, Freshmen A-K -1:00-2:00, Freshmen L-Z -2:00-3:00.


Every year the band directors are required to have certain forms on file. Some of these are required by the district, others by the state. The forms start on page 22 of our handbook. The handbook is attached to this email and will be available on the website as well as at Get Fit Day. Please read the handbook and sign the appropriate forms ahead of time to avoid a delay on August 1st.

The fees keep this band functioning. We are proud to maintain one of the lowest band fees in the region. Nevertheless, it is imperative that we have this activity fee to provide our students with a quality music education. See the attached fee form for details.

CHARMS – The Charms Office database system is how the directors handle all student records regarding uniform assignment, band fees, instrument check-out, music inventory, and many other odds and ends. It is important that we have a good email address from every parent and student. This is also the system that sends the weekly newsletter. We will have laptops available to walk you through the process at Get Fit Day. If you want to update it at home, you just need the student’s ID number to logon and adjust information. Go to https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/plogin.asp

The school code is lamarband


We start our summer band camp on August 3rd. The first two weeks of August are the most important rehearsals of the entire marching season. Getting a good start is crucial to our success. Rehearsals are “two-a-day” style. We rehearse outside from 7:00am to 11:00am. We then have a long break to eat lunch, cool off and socialize. We rehearse inside from 1:30-4:00. Students that have transportation issues from 11 to 1:30 can stay at school. We encourage students to bring their lunch. Sometimes students have section lunch and other bonding activities during this time. ALL REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY. (SEE THE HANDBOOK)

We encourage students to wear very comfortable athletic clothes during practices. We strongly encourage sunscreen, sunglasses and some sort of hat. All students must have a water jug for all rehearsals. We recommend a 32oz minimum size jug.

Summer Band Student ”To Do” List

• Hydrate––Plenty of water and sports drink all day long

• Proper Diet. Stay away from processed foods/carbonated drinks/etc

• Be rested––Keep a regular sleeping pattern

• Be studied––Have strength academically

• “The pain of discipline now, or the pain of regret later”


We are off to a good start with our march-a-thon fundraiser. Students turned in many letters / addresses yesterday. If students did not turn in the letters with a message and address, they can do so next Tuesday afternoon at our last Tuesday night rehearsal.


REMIND – 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

Wind Symphony – @lhsws

Jazz Band – @splanky

Band Parents – @lhsbandmom

BAND CALENDAR – www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

BAND BLOG – lamarbandnews.wordpress.com



Monday-Friday    7/27-7/31    1:00pm-6:00pm    Color Guard Camp

Friday            7/31        all day            Leadership Work Day

Saturday        8/1        Get Fit Day

  • Seniors & Juniors    9:00-10:30

  • Sophs            10:30-12:00

  • Freshmen A-K        1:00-2:00

  • Freshmen L-Z        2:00-3:00


Monday        8/3        7:00am-4:00pm    Band Camp Starts


QUOTE OF THE WEEK – “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson