Lamar Band Weekly Announcements 2/2/2019

All-City – As I write this email, I’m listening to the All-City Honor Bands rehearse and prepare for what is sure to be an amazing concert. I hope students that didn’t make a spot in the band this try again next year. It is an enriching experience and one of a kind.


Game Night – Monday Feb. 11th is the annual social event between Lamar, Nichols, and Shackelford bands, Game Night! From 6:00pm-8:00pm, we will play video games, board games, giant twister, and other fun interactive events. This is a great chance for the hard working band students to have fun together. At 7:30, I will host a casual meeting with Jr. High parents in the band hall to discuss the transition from JH to HS band. It is nice to have HS parents there to give a parents perspective.


Events Calendar – The attached pdf calendar has all events / contests / performances for this spring. Please save this so all required performances are attended. Students should highlight those that they are performing in. Summer and fall schedules are being built. We should have many of those dates soon. Already, some things are being added to the fall band calendar.


Solo & Ensemble – All students should have a solo selected by now. Parents, ask your musician the name of their solo…if you haven’t heard them practicing it yet. Many students will also be playing a small ensemble. UIL entries were due last week. UIL solo & ensemble performance schedules will be posted this week. Students with a piano accompanist will need to arrange payments with Ms. Carroll or Mrs. Stein.

LHS requirements (from the handbook)

Wind Symphony – Must perform a solo or ensemble at UIL

Symphonic & Freshmen Band – Must perform a solo or ensemble this semester. At either UIL or LHS.


Concert Band Clinics – This week we will have our first clinician of the spring. Mr. Musser, former director of bands at Lamar, will work with Symphonic Winds on Wednesday afternoon 3:00-5:00. He will be back on Friday morning to work the Wind Symphony. These are critical rehearsals. Symphonic Winds will not have normal sectionals, only the rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon.


Sectionals – This week is different due to the clinic on Wednesday and the full orchestra pre UIL on Thursday. Check it out on the calendar…


Winterguard Update – The combined winterguards had a great performance at the winter sports pep rally Friday! The upcoming weekend is one of the big contests of the year. WGI Dallas! @ Coppell HS.


Jazz Update – The jazz bands are hard at work preparing for the upcoming jazz festivals.


Drumline Update – The percussion ensembles are working hard on what is sure to be a fantastic series of concerts.


Spring Trip – Feb. 11th is the next due date for trip payments.


Quote of the Week – “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – Henry David Thoreau


Events (the week ahead) –

sectionals on attached pdf

Monday, Feb 4        5:30pm-8:30pm        Winterguard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb 5        5:30pm-8:30pm        Winterguard Rehearsal

Wednesday, Feb 6    3:00pm-5:00pm        Symphonic Winds Clinic w/ Mr. Musser

Thursday, Feb 7        5:30pm-8:30pm        Winterguard Rehearsal

Thursday, Feb 7        5:00pm-7:00pm        Symphony Orchestra Pre-UIL

Friday, Feb 8        7:30am-9:00am        Wind Symphony Clinic w/ Mr. Musser

Saturday, Feb 9        6:00am-10:00pm    Winterguard Competition WGI Dallas


Band fees – make sure they are paid in full so you can participate in the band banquet, LHS prom, graduation, and other school functions. The 2018-2019 school year band fee was DUE AUGUST 4th. The activity fee is $275. Band activity fees can be paid online at



Email contacts – Alan Lang = | Kolby Kelly = | Zack Riley = | Midori Eng =

Band room phone lines: Alan Lang – (682) 867-7006 | Kolby Kelly & Zack Riley – (682) 867-7058

Remind (texting service) text to 81010 with the following message:

Lamar Band – @lamarband

Band Parents – @lhsbandmom

Wind Symphony – @wsvfnd

Freshmen Band – @fbvfnd

Symphonic Band – @sbvfnd

Jazz Band(Both classes) – @lamarjazz1

Color Guard – @lamarguard

Honors Music – @honorsvfnd

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

Twitter: @VikingBand (general band) | @AlanLangLHS (Mr. Lang)

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