Welcome & Summer News

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Lamar High School Band! We are beginning the new school year already. We have to get an early start as our marching band season kicks off with a football game the first week of school. Like many school sports, we must start our training in the summer. There is a lot to be excited about next year such as new marching uniforms, the largest freshmen class in at least ten years, the 2014 AISD bond supplying us with more new instruments, and much more!

The attached letter & calendar (Link > Lamar Summer Info) has all events for the summer and up to the first day of school. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to email a director. Our first performance is the Independence Day Parade in downtown Arlington! http://www.arlington4th.org/ All students will march in the 4th of July parade. The staff will be assessing students at rehearsals in June to select the varsity marching spots for the fall. Students are expected at all rehearsals.

On July 30th we will hold our Get Fit Day. This is the day we will get sizes for shoes and shirts, have a notary available for medical forms, and many other necessary steps to start the year. Students are responsible for the yearly band fee at this time. The Lamar band activity fee covers many different costs of operating a 6A band program. Some of these expenditures include transportation to events, meals at events, the costs of designing a contemporary marching band show, accessories for instruments, music, and auxiliary instructors for marching band, color guard and percussion.

There are many things the school district does not assist us with and that’s where the activity fee comes in. The band activity fee is $250. We would like to collect this fee from every student on July 30th at Get Fit Day. The band activity fee is paid to the band and checks are written to Lamar High School with band in the memo. There is a credit card option but there is a fee for using that service.

The Lamar Band Booster Club has been a strong parent organization for many years. Every high school band depends on a strong booster club to help with volunteering, fundraising and many behind-the-scenes work to help our band students succeed. You will hear from the LBBC president Jocelyn Murphy often when they need some assistance. We hope that every band family will join the LBBC and help with chaperoning, volunteering and organizing during the coming school year.

We are excited about the new year! We have lofty goals and expectations for our young musicians. We will be working through the summer to prepare for a fantastic school year. If students would like to work with a director or start private lessons over the summer, just let us know. Contact us with any questions!

Sincerely,

Alan Lang
Director of Bands
M.B. Lamar High School

Alan Lang – dlang@aisd.net
Jarred Carlton – tcarlton@aisd.net
Matt Bibb – mbibb@aisd.net
Malan Messemore (color guard) – malanmessemore@gmail.com