As I do my best to stay cool on this hot July day, I am also busy getting things ready for the upcoming marching season. It’s a busy time as we prepare for what will be a busy start to the school year. I’m writing this letter to help prepare everyone for an exciting marching season. The show, “Bent”, has been sight read during our Tuesday night rehearsals. The drill is almost completed and the color guard already know a little bit of the choreography! I hope everyone has enjoyed a nice summer break. I know we all need a little time to decompress before we got at it again. Band is unique in that we have a very busy schedule for the entire school year, and even the summer! That’s what makes it such a memorable and impactful part of a young student’s life.
The following information will hopefully answer a few questions regarding band camp and marching season. I will also send updates through the remind text service. We also have some opportunities for fundraising that I am very excited about. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions.
Band Director, Lamar High School
HANDBOOK AND FORMS
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.
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.
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.
GET FIT DAY
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 at www.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.
MARCH 4 MUSIC
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.
A MESSAGE FROM THE BOOSTER CLUB
Welcome to all the new students and families at Lamar and welcome back to everyone else! I am Jocelyn Murphy, the new president of the Lamar Band Booster Club. We sincerely thank the outgoing booster club board members for all their efforts and caring they gave to the band. I also want to thank all of the returning board members as well as the new members who stepped up. You are greatly appreciated.
Our band has already been hard at work! New this year, the band is meeting each Tuesday at the band hall to learn the music but also for social time. It has been enjoyable for the kids. This year’s leadership team and the all-new drum major team attended training. Congratulations to them! Approximately 80 kids practiced and marched in the Arlington 4th of July Parade. The weather was good but quite warm, and the kids stayed relatively cool and hydrated with the help of our parent volunteers.
As we discussed in the parent meeting, the booster club works to do two things: raise money to support the band and to volunteer to help the kids and directors. Attached, you should find a list of most if not all of the activities where we will need volunteer help. There are many things that must be done to make the band successful. During the upcoming registration on August 1, we need people to hem and sew the uniforms. In marching season, we will need people to work the concession stand for home games. For away games, we will need chaperones for the buses and need people with trucks to pull the trailers.
Some positions on the board still need to be filled, especially the Vice President for Ways and Means, e.g. fundraising. This is such a major part of what we do because we must have money. Additionally, we need people, starting now, to go talk with businesses to sell advertisements in our program that we use for the Winter and Spring concerts. If you have marketing experience or just enjoy working with people, you would be great for these jobs. Please take a look at the list and see what you might be able to do. You can sign up to volunteer at registration or email the booster club. The band could not be as successful as they are without the help of family volunteers.
As we start this year we are looking forward to the hard work and a great marching show- BENT! We can’t wait to see you all on the (playing) marching field!
The Lamar High School Band – The Pride of Lamar!
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
*** The forms are available at https://lamarmusic.org