End of the School Year – The end of the school year brings a tidal wave of emotion and stress. For me it is exciting to see the seniors finish up and move on at graduation. It is another kind of joy to see the alumni when they come back to visit. This week, I had the chance to attend a graduation party for a student who finished law school. Facebook informed me that another Lamar Band alumni just graduated medical school. I suppose it just puts it all in perspective. The stress is compounded this year with the renovations that start in just a week. This past Friday a big team of dedicated students helped move all the trophies, plaques, and pictures from the band room to a storage room for the summer. We made a lot of progress, but we still have to move EVERYTHING out of the band room before demolition starts on May 28. This week is busy with our concert, but as soon as that is done, it will be mostly focused on moving equipment. Students will have time to practice for auditions and to pass of objectives. The last 4 days of school will be held in the new instrumental ensemble room (1016).
Spring Concert – Tuesday is our spring concert at UTA in Irons Recital Hall, 7:00pm. See the attachment for details including a map of where to park on campus. We hope to see all of our band families and friends for our final band event of the school year.
Auditions – After our final concert, all we have left is the final exam. The audition packets have been handed out and students should already be working on them daily. The auditions will be held at Lamar in various rooms which will be posted. Students will be sign up for audition times with a monitor as they arrive to warm up. As auditions are blind, students should not talk to their judge about the auditions, but see another director with any issues.
Tuesday May 28 – Flutes, Clarinets, Trombones, Double Reeds, French Horns
Wednesday May 29 – Tuba, Saxophones, Trumpets, Euphoniums
Playing for Mr. Kelly – Trombone, Tuba, Percussion
Playing for Mr. Riley – French Horn, Saxophones, Clarinets
Playing for Mr. Lang – Double Reeds, Trumpets, Flutes, Euph
Letter Jackets – Mr. Manto with MECA Jackets was excited to take some many orders for letter jackets last week. He will be back out in August to take orders for the fall semester. To order online, just go to his website. https://mecajackets.com/shop-patches?olsPage=products%2Farlington-lamar-band-crest
Drumline Update – Viking Thunder was a great success! The gym made for a good alternative venue and acoustics worked just fine. CD orders are available. See the attachment and send it with $10 to school.
Jazz Update – The spring jazz concert went very smooth even though we had to transport a lot of equipment over to Nichols. CD orders are available. See the attachment and send it with $10 to school.
Color Guard Update – The color guard has been announced for the fall. We will be 30 members strong! Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming rehearsals and events.
Quote of the Week – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
Events (the week ahead) –
Monday, May 20 3:00pm-4:00pm Symphonic Winds Rehearsal
Monday, May 20 4:00pm-5:00pm Symphonic Band Rehearsal
Tuesday, May 21 7:00pm-8:30pm Spring Concert (see itinerary)
Wednesday, May 22 3:15pm-5:00pm Full Orchestra Rehearsal
Thursday, May 23 9:30am-10:30am LHS Senior Awards Assembly
Thursday, May 23 7:00pm-9:00pm Orchestra Spring Concert at Lamar Baptist
Friday, May 24 All Day Move out of the band room
Tuesday, May 28 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditions (Flutes, Clarinets, Trombones, Double Reeds, French Horns)
Wednesday, May 29 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditions (Tuba, Saxophones, Trumpets, Euphoniums)
Thursday, May 30 1:30pm-3:00pm Graduation Full Orchestra Rehearsal
Band fees – Make sure fees are paid in full so you can participate in the band banquet, LHS prom, graduation, and other school functions. The activity fee is $275. Band activity fees can be paid online at https://goo.gl/voPwBw
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
Twitter: @VikingBand (general band) | @AlanLangLHS (Mr. Lang)
Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar
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