Lamar Band Weekly Announcements 2/10/2019

Winterguard Update – CONGRATULATIONS! The Lamar Varsity Winterguard placed 3rd at the WGI Dallas Regional! They were 3 of 32 in prelims and 3 of 15 in finals! Incredible job at a major national competition!

WGI Dallas Final Pose

This weekend, the Lamar Guard performs at NorthWest HS. Blue @ 5:20pm, Varsity @ 8:50pm


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. We need 9th graders to bring canned drinks (water/soda), 10th bring sweets, 11th & 12th bring chips / other snacks! 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.


Lamar HS Winterguard CONTEST – We are hosting our biggest fundraiser on Feb 23rd. All hands on deck!


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.


Sectionals – This week, Mr. Riley and Mr. Lang will be at the TMEA convention in San Antonio. We will have full band rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday. Check it out on the calendar…


TMEA – While the directors are at the Texas Music Educators Convention, students will have some assignments to do in class. This is an interactive group project that students will do in groups of two. When they are finished playing their instruments, they may do home work for other classes. Behavior will be exemplary while we are away.


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 – “Good things come to those who wait. But better things come to those who work for it.” – anonymous


Events (the week ahead) –

Monday, Feb 11        3:00pm-4:00pm        Wind Symphony Sectional (ALL members)

Monday, Feb 11        6:00pm-8:00pm        Game Night!

Monday, Feb 11        5:30pm-8:30pm        Winterguard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb 12        3:00pm-4:00pm        Symphonic Winds Sectional (ALL members)

Tuesday, Feb 12        3:15pm-5:00pm        Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb 12        6:30pm-8:00pm        LBBC Board Meetings (All parents invited)

Tuesday, Feb 12        5:30pm-8:30pm        Winterguard Rehearsal

Thursday, Feb 14    5:30pm-8:30pm        Winterguard Rehearsal

Saturday, Feb 16    10:00am-10:00pm    Winterguard Competition NTCA @NW HS


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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For information or to contact the booster club, email


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