Lamar Band Weekly Announcements 8/25/2019

Saturday August 24 – This past Saturday, we fit the band for uniforms and learned part 2 drill. We have learned more than half of “The Box”! A huge thanks to the parents who donated their time to help with uniform fitting. The uniform closet looks better than ever! It was a long day but we got a lot accomplished. That was our last long rehearsal of the season. Now the longest rehearsal we have is 3 hours.


Fundraise Genius – Parents we need your help. We are only at 32% to our kick off goal for our fundraiser. Students must input a minimum of 15 email addresses & phone numbers for the FundraiseGenius donation drive. Please help your student with this assignment. Need help? Watch this video. Still need help? Contact your section leader. Still have problems? Send me a message.


Summer Uniform – During the hot parts of the marching season, The Pride of Lamar wears a cool weather uniform. The performance shirt has the LB logo printed on it and is a moisture wicking type of athletic shirt. The students will need to provide the following items. The links are just for examples and not the required brand. The shorts must be khaki color (no cargo pockets) and the shoes need to be mostly white.

Here is an example of the style of shorts and shoes.

Female Shorts – or

Male Shorts –

Female Shoes –

Male Shoes –


Game Day – Yes, it’s almost time for the first football game of the season. This year, every game will kick off at 7:00pm instead of 7:30pm. Meaning the school songs will be at approximately 6:45pm. This is going to create a big challenge arriving to away games on time considering the amount of time it takes to load equipment, travel as a convoy in traffic, and to unload everything when we arrive. The booster club is working on providing a meal option for students so they can stay on campus after school. It would cost approximately $5 per student. The first game we will provide this service will be Sept 20th. For this week, students must either bring a dinner, or have something brought to them at school 4:00pm. We have a very tight schedule but I want students to have a meal before the game. I have attached Friday’s itinerary for the football game.


Videos and Files – We use videos of our performances as study material. We are looking for a parent who will take videos at football games. They will meet a director during the first quarter for information on getting into the pressbox filming deck. The videos will be uploaded to my youtube channel as an unlisted video. Due to copyright, we can only use this for educational purposes. The students can also use this link to download the audio files and PDF’s of the show music for study purposes.


VikingFest – On September 4th at 6:00pm, plan on attending VikingFest! This is a great annual Lamar HS event that is THE opportunity to learn about the many incredible clubs and organizations at Lamar. The Lamar Band Booster Club will be selling a lot of vintage and NEW spirit wear. Please swing by and check it out.


School Supplies – Here are some of the items that band students will need. Mechanical pencils, a 1” three ring binder for music, sheet protectors, a box of reeds, valve oil, and other equipment specific items. Brass and woodwinds must also purchase a flip book and lyre from the music store. You may need to take your instrument to a music store so they can help you acquire the correct size / brand of lyre (the attachment that holds the flip folder). You will need a total of at least 10 flip book pages.


After School Rehearsal – We begin our after school co-curricular rehearsals. These are mandatory and absences will be considered in the class grade. We will rehearse 3:30-6:00 on Monday & Thursday, and 3:30-6:30 on Tuesday. Students must arrive at least 15 mins early and stay approximately 15 after to do their job moving equipment to and from our rehearsal area. Parents/guardians, make sure to schedule doctors appointments on Wednesday afternoons. We will rarely have practice on those days. Check the Lamar Band calendar for any unusual weeks where we must adjust the schedule. The first time we must practice on Wednesday is Sept 4th because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday. or

Add it to your google calendar!


SAT & ACT test dates to avoid – Band students must plan around the fall marching contests for their standardized tests. We have a marching contest on the Nov. 2nd SAT test date. DO NOT TEST THIS DATE! The national test dates are on the band calendar. Please make sure and avoid conflicts. To learn all the other options for testing, google search the ACT or SAT test dates.


Physicals & Forms – All band forms are due. The most critical is that the medical authorization form being notarized. You must have an ID and wait to sign when you are with the notary. All other forms must be completely filled out and signed before turning them in. Physicals are past due and mandatory for students to participate in band. Students can not travel with the band Friday without forms being completed.


Band Fees – The activity fee is $300. Band activity fees can be paid online at


Drumline Update – Practice your all-state etudes.


Jazz Update – Practice your all-state etudes.


Color Guard Update – Do your homework.


Quote of the Week – “The best teamwork comes from women and men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” – James Cash Penney


Events (the week ahead)

Monday, Aug 26    3:15pm-6:15pm        Marching Band Practice

Tuesday, Aug 27        3:15pm-6:45pm        Marching Band Practice

Thursday, Aug 29    3:15pm-6:15pm        Marching Band Practice

Friday, Aug 30        3:30pm-10:30pm    Football @ Byron Nelson HS


Communication & Social Media

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:

9th grade band – @vfndband23

10th grade band – @vfndband22

11th grade band – @vfndband21

12th grade band – @vfndband20

Band Parents – @lhsbandmom

Wind Symphony – @wsvfnd

Jazz Band(Both classes) – @lamarjazz1

Color Guard – @lamarguard


Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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


Blog –

Calendar –


To contact the booster club, email

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