Lamar Band Weekly Announcements 9/1/2019

Game Day – We have our first home football game this Friday. We will wear the summer uniform again as it will likely be warm at game time. Students have a very short amount of time for dinner before the game. This week, students will need food either delivered to them by 4:30 or they can bring their own. More information about Friday’s game coming soon. See the itinerary attached to this email in the pdf. Parents, we want you all to cheer us on at the football games / halftime. Order your tickest in advance here…Football Game Ticket Sales –


Meals Before Football Games – The booster club is working on providing a meal option for students so they can stay on campus after school. It costs 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 4:30pm. We have a very tight schedule but I want students to have a meal before the game. Here is the link to order meals for the football games this season. Flyer attached to this email as well.


Passing Classes – We are about to hit the halfway point for the first six weeks of the school year. Students must take grades into their own hands. Check on student self serve often. If you don’t have this set up yet, pleasedo so immediately.

Band objectives have been assigned for this first six weeks and some of it is past due. Students will have some opportunities in class to take care of these “pass-offs”. Some of the assignments can be recorded on Charms and submitted electronically. If a grade is a zero in the band gradebook, this simply means the student missed the due date. It can still be pass-off before the end of the six weeks. Students that are proactive with their time management and personal calendars will be most successful. I have attached the objective sheets to this email.


Fundraise Genius – Parents we need your help. Students can still input 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.

The easiest way to help is to spread the word and use this link.


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 theshoes 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 –


Videos and Files – We use videos of our performances as study material. We are still 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. Part 4 music is now uploaded for woodwinds and brass.


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 – After school marching band practices are 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. We will have Wednesday rehearsals if Monday is a holiday or other event. 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 past 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 perform with the band without forms on file.


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 – “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali


Events (the week ahead)

Monday, Sept 2 Labor Day No Practice

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

Wednesday, Sept 4 3:15pm-6:15pm Marching Band Practice

Wednesday, Sept 4 6:15pm-8:00pm VikingFest

Thursday, Sept 5 3:15pm-6:15pm Marching Band Practice

Friday, Sept 6 3:30pm-9:45pm Football Game vs Naaman Forest


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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