Lamar Band Weekly Announcements

Springtown – Yesterday was a long busy day for The Pride of Lamar. There was unfortunately tears of disappointment when we missed making finals by 1. The top 10 of 19 make it to finals and we missed  it by just two rank points. It is always our goal to have our best performance to set us up for success and a good score from the judge panel. One judge did have us 7th, but another had us 15. The staff spoke with the students regarding the outcome and we know what went well and what we need to adjust. On a more positive note, the drumline and color guard competed in separate standstill contests. Both the color guard and drumline came in 4th overall! The staff is very proud of these students. I want to give a big thank you to all the parents that helped chaperone, move equipment and feed the students. We have a great team of boosters and volunteers and the support is greatly appreciated.


Extra Parent Help – With eligibility hitting us very hard, we are 29 students down from where we started the season. We realized Saturday that we need more people to move the props and percussion equipment onto the field for performances. If you can help, we would greatly appreciate it. To get a practice run, please try to join us at Monday evenings rehearsal at about 5:30pm. We will do a run through at the end of practice. We will need this extra help at UIL Tuesday and BOA Saturday.


Rehearsals – We are 1 short rehearsals until UIL and only 3 until BOA. These are critical practices. Tomorrow, Monday the 14th, is a holiday, however we have an important rehearsal since it is the day before UIL and a special guest clinician will be in town from South Carolina. I wish we didn’t have a student holiday the day before UIL, but I don’t make those calendars. We only have three weeks left of our competition season. After that, practices will be only once a week to prepare for the football games.


Itineraries – The attached file has the itineraries for the next couple of performances. Please read them over. Tuesday is during the school day and early evening. Friday we come home after halftime of the football game. Saturday is almost a 24 hour band day! 3:45am call time and back after midnight.


Meals Before Football Games – Make sure you have used this link to order your Jason’s Deli meal for this Friday.


Tickets – Football Games

BOA Waco


Videos and Files – 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.


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.


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 concert music.


Color Guard Update – Complete your bi-weekly evaluations.


Quote of the Week – “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


Events (the week ahead)

Monday, Oct 14        3:00pm-6:15pm        Marching Band Practice (Guest Clinician)

Tuesday, Oct 15        1:00pm-7:00pm        UIL Region 5 Marching Evaluation

Wednesday, Oct 16    3:15pm-6:45pm        Marching Band Practice

Thursday, Oct 17    3:15pm-6:15pm        Marching Band Practice

Friday, Oct 18        3:15pm-8:00pm        Football at Paschal (early return)

Saturday, Oct 19    3:45am-1:00am        BOA Regional Marching Championship, Waco


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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