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Update – I wish I had all the answers, or news regarding school opening again, but I do not. I can tell you Mr. Hagman and the faculty are working hard on getting prepared for in depth online learning. There are many phases already planned. As of now, fine arts online education will start April 20th if we are still in this shelter in place mode. We get updates every day from Mr. Hagman by email and we have Zoom faculty meetings on Mondays and Thursdays. The most important thing right now is that every student has access to a computer and internet. I hope that all of the Lamar Band students have their instruments at home. If not, do not worry, there will not be graded work that requires an instrument at this time. I don’t see that happening. I would not worry one second about grades in fine arts classes. We are looking for enriching activities to keep your skills strong. Right now we have two things listed below that will be great and are FREE while the virus has us at home.

 

Most importantly I hope that all of the Lamar Band families are safe and healthy. This is a challenging time, but I know The Pride of Lamar is ready for it. We face challenges and adversity all the time in music. We work through difficult times and we do it together as a team. Lets keep that mindset as we move forward. Please contact me with anything. Just contact me to chat! I have the time!

 

SmartMusic – This music service has been around for a long time. It is usually a pricey subscription, but now they are offering it free for every student and teacher around the world. For a while, the Lamar Band recorded assignments on this software. I am excited to use this again. For now, I just want every Lamar Band student to sign up and set up their account. It is a lot of fun. For instance, you can pick a piece of music you like, and often it is available for you to play it and have the other band parts playing along with you. I assigned Bayou Breakdown for fun already. It also has MANY solos on here for you to play and listen to the piano part. Here is the sign up info:

We are going to use the SmartMusic software for the class Lamar HS Band.

In order to use the software, you need to create a SmartMusic account and join the class using this code: R2ZYT-HNMLY.

  1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
  2. When prompted for a class code, please enter:

R2ZYT-HNMLY

Thank you, and I look forward to helping you improve your practice with SmartMusic!

 

Student Leadership Courses – There is a great online student leadership course that is now available free. I signed up the Lamar Band and the first day will be Monday. I will send an email and Band App message with the content. ALL band members are encouraged to participate in this course. It will be valuable information for any students interested in leadership auditions for the fall. https://www.leaderoftheband.org/

 

Get Exercise – Since we get PE credit in marching band, I think it is important for us to work on our physical health as a band. Mr. Riley will be sharing some ideas in the near future. Most likely it will be on the Band App.

 

Communication – We will continue to communicate with Remind and the Band App. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will also be good sources of info. I always retweet important info from AISD, Lamar, City of Arlington, and Tarrant County on my Lamar Viking twitter account.

 

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Quote of the Week – “There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” – James Carroll

 

Communication & Social Media

Email contacts – Alan Lang  dlang@aisd.net | Kolby Kelly  kkelly4@aisd.net | Zack Riley zriley1@aisd.net | Midori Eng midori.lwe@gmail.com

Band room phone: (682) 867-7006

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr

This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services. 

 

Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com

Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

For information or to contact the booster club, email lamarbandboosterclub@gmail.com

 

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Lamar Leadership – This morning Mr. Hagman hosted faculty meetings on the Zoom app. It was interesting to see all the teachers from their homes. I felt that it is important for you to know that the administrators are working around the clock, or at least late into the evenings, to find the answers to all the questions we all have. The district is working on a variety of plans for instruction. The main focus right now is that we are taking care of the Lamar family. Making sure students get meals and making sure that if needed, all students would have a computer and internet access. As I find out more information, I will share it in email and the band app. As for the Lamar Band, I would like the leadership students to reach out to your sections to see if they have what they need. The directors helped students get instruments on Tuesday for those that didn’t have anything at home. As of now, there are no assignments for band. We just want people to enjoy music and play their instruments.

 

Here are some helpful links for all things AISD and the COVID19 shutdown all in one helpful place: (thank you Mr. Walton for putting this list together)

 

www.aisd.net/coronavirus

 

www.aisd.net/athomelearning

 

Student Meal Plan During School Closure

 

Free Internet Access if you need it

 

Communication – We will continue to communicate with Remind and the Band App. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will also be good sources of info. I always retweet important info from AISD, Lamar, City of Arlington, and Tarrant County on my Lamar Viking twitter account.

 

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Quote of the Week – “I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she will make the same effort, and have the same hope and faith.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

Communication & Social Media

Email contacts – Alan Lang  dlang@aisd.net | Kolby Kelly  kkelly4@aisd.net | Zack Riley zriley1@aisd.net | Midori Eng midori.lwe@gmail.com

Band room phone: (682) 867-7006

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr

This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com

Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

For information or to contact the booster club, email lamarbandboosterclub@gmail.com

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Extended Spring Break – I expected to open my computer for the first time this week to write about the exciting week ahead. Instead, I am writing about our extra two weeks off. Watching the news or going to the busy grocery store can be a little unsettling. The important thing to remember is that we as a community are taking precautions to prevent as much of the spread as possible.

Here is what I know as of now:

  1. As of now, all band practices are canceled for the next two weeks.
  2. Pastapalooza is cancelled.
  3. The NTCA winterguard championships and WGI are cancelled.
  4. The UTA Jazz festival has been cancelled.

Here is what I do NOT know as of now:

  1. Pre-UIL
  2. UIL for HS or JH bands
  3. Car Wash
  4. Future concerts at Lamar this semester

 

Music Education – The one thing I do want everyone to do is to listen to music. Music will keep us grounded and together. Listen to band music. Listen to orchestral music. Listen to a variety of styles of music every day. Of course students, we want you to practice. We have not been given specific expectations regarding online learning yet, but we want you to practice and be ready to play your assignments online for grades over the next two weeks.

 

Communication – We will continue to communicate with Remind and the Band App. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will also be good sources of info. I always retweet important info from AISD, Lamar, City of Arlington, and Tarrant County on my Lamar Viking twitter account.

 

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Quote of the Week – “Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute.” -Ziglar

 

Communication & Social Media

Email contacts – Alan Lang  dlang@aisd.net | Kolby Kelly  kkelly4@aisd.net | Zack Riley zriley1@aisd.net | Midori Eng midori.lwe@gmail.com

Band room phone: (682) 867-7006

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr

This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services. 

 

Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com

Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

For information or to contact the booster club, email lamarbandboosterclub@gmail.com

 

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Moto Perpetuo – It never stops, perpetual motion. Once again, The Pride of Lamar had a busy week. From Symphony Orchestra UIL (straight 1’s), to UIL Solo & Ensemble (11 division 1 medals), and WGI Austin Regional Championship (varsity winter guard advanced to Semifinals), we had a lot of successes! The band family continues to rehearse hard and stay focused on excellence. Parents, be extremely proud and brag on these exemplary young adults!

 

A Night of Percussion – AND BURGERS! THIS Tuesday March 3rd we will have percussion performances Truth Vinyl from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Just across the breezeway from there is Twisted Root Burgers. They are donating part of their profits to the Lamar Band from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Come out and enjoy an awesome evening of Lamar Band music and eat some dinner to help the LBBC raise money! Flyer attached.

 

Pastapalooza – The annual Lamar Band Pastapalooza is just around the corner. The week after spring break on Thursday we will have performances from jazz, select soloists, and the winter guard. There is a silent auction and of course, delicious pasta dinner! Pre Sale tickets are $10. Price at the door is $15. Tickets will go on sale soon. Help the booster club raise money for this event! Flyer on the band instagram and twitter.

 

UIL Soloists (and ensemble members) – Congratulations to these superior musicians on their division 1 ratings at UIL this past Saturday: Luis V, Jeremiah P, James F, Brennan S, Eden G, the percussion ensemble members Brayden A, Nathan C, Matthew H, Cale L, Armon M, and Noah W. The percussion ensemble qualified for state!

Any student interested in another solo & ensemble contest, June 6 at Lake Ridge HS is the WGI solo & ensemble contest. More info here https://www.wgi.org/soloensemble/

 

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Drumline Update – Mark your calendars to come out to A Night Of Percussion on March 3rd at Truth Vinyl. We will also have a band restaurant night at Twisted Root. You can eat a burger while you listen to our percussionists perform across the breezeway.

 

Jazz Update – Pastapalooza is March 19th. Plan to eat pasta and listen to great jazz!

 

Winterguard Update – Check here for calendar updates and other cool winterguard stuff. http://www.lamarmusic.org/programs/color-guard/

 

Band Room Supplies – Please consider visiting the Lamar Band Amazon Wish List. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1PVLG7D5J19UR?ref_=wl_share

 

Quote of the Week – “We must put aside the digressive thinking and be mindful and aware of our actual emotional and physical experiences as they occur.” – Michael Smith, Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety

 

Events (the week ahead)

Monday, Mar 2        3:15pm-4:45pm        Freshman Band Sectional

Monday, Mar 2        6:00pm-7:45pm        Lamar Open House

Tuesday, Mar 3        3:15pm-4:45pm        Symphonic Band Sectional

Tuesday, Mar 3        6:00pm-8:30pm        A Night of Percussion @ Truth Vinyl

Tuesday, Mar 3        5:00pm-9:00pm        Twisted Root Fundraiser Night

Wednesday, Mar 4    3:15pm-4:45pm        Wind Symphony Rehearsal

Thursday, Mar 5        6:30pm-8:00pm        LBBC Board Meeting

Thursday, Mar 5        3:00pm-4:00pm        Jazz Orchestra Sectional

Thursday, Mar 5        4:00pm-5:00pm        Jazz Ensemble Sectional

 

Communication & Social Media

Email contacts – Alan Lang  dlang@aisd.net | Kolby Kelly  kkelly4@aisd.net | Zack Riley zriley1@aisd.net | Midori Eng midori.lwe@gmail.com

Band room phone: (682) 867-7006

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr

This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com

Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

For information or to contact the booster club, email lamarbandboosterclub@gmail.com

 

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Last Week – We had a variety of activities last week including a winter sports pep rally, a pep rally at Shack, and the wind symphony traveled to the JH’s to rehearse their UIL music with them. It was an eventful week and a lot of fun. Thank you students for being exemplary ambassadors of Lamar High School!

 

Symphony Orchestra UIL – The Lamar Varsity Full Orchestra will perform at the UIL evaluation at IM Terrell Academy this Thursday at 2:30pm. Parents are encouraged to attend if possible. The itinerary was handed out to the students last week. It is also listed here on the Lamar Orchestras website. https://www.lamarorchestra.com/

 

A Night of Percussion – AND BURGERS! On Tuesday March 3rd we will have concerts at Turth Vinyl from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Just across the breezeway from there is Twisted Root Burgers. They are donating part of their profits to the Lamar Band from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Come out and enjoy an awesome evening of Lamar Band musicians and eat some dinner to help the LBBC raise money! Flyer attached.

 

Pastapalooza – The annual Lamar Band Pastapalooza is just around the corner. The week after spring break on Thursday we will have performances from jazz, select soloists, and the winter guard. There is a silent auction and of course, delicious pasta dinner! Pre Sale tickets are $10. Price at the door is $15. Tickets will go on sale soon. Help the booster club raise money for this event! Flyer on the band instagram and twitter.

 

Winter Guard trip – Wish the Lamar winter guards luck this weekend as they travel to the WGI Austin Regional!

 

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Drumline Update – Mark your calendars to come out to A Night Of Percussion on March 3rd at Truth Vinyl. We will also have a band restaurant night at Twisted Root. You can eat a burger while you listen to our percussionists perform across the breezeway.

 

Jazz Update – Pastapalooza is March 19th. Plan to eat pasta and listen to great jazz!

 

Winterguard Update – Check here for calendar updates and other cool winterguard stuff. http://www.lamarmusic.org/programs/color-guard/

 

Band Room Supplies – Please consider visiting the Lamar Band Amazon Wish List. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1PVLG7D5J19UR?ref_=wl_share

 

Quote of the Week – “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” – Michelle Obama

 

Events (the week ahead)

Monday, Feb 24 3:15pm-4:45pm Freshman Band Sectional

Monday, Feb 24 3:15pm-5:00pm Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb 25 3:15pm-4:45pm Symphonic Band Sectional

Wednesday, Feb 26 3:15pm-4:15pm Wind Symphony Brass Sectional

Wednesday, Feb 26 4:15pm-5:15pm Wind Symphony Woodwind Sectional

Thursday, Feb 27 9:10am-4:30pm Symphony Orchestra UIL

Thursday, Feb 27 3:00pm-4:00pm Jazz Orchestra Sectional

Thursday, Feb 27 4:00pm-5:00pm Jazz Ensemble Sectional

Saturday, Feb 29 all day UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest @ AHS

Saturday, Feb 29 all day WGI Austin

 

Communication & Social Media

Email contacts – Alan Lang  dlang@aisd.net | Kolby Kelly  kkelly4@aisd.net | Zack Riley zriley1@aisd.net | Midori Eng midori.lwe@gmail.com

Band room phone: (682) 867-7006

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr

This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services. 

 

Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com

Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

For information or to contact the booster club, email lamarbandboosterclub@gmail.com

 

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Pep Rallies – This Thursday, Lamar will hold its winter activities pep rally @ 2:30. The full marching band will perform. Students will receive a performance grade for this event. Wear a Lamar t-shirt or letter jacket. On Friday, Lamar cheer, ViQueens, and band will walk over to Shackelford for a special pep rally. Students will wear the Pandora show shirt from the fall.

 

Wind Symphony Clinics – This week, the Lamar Wind Symphony will perform with the 8th grade bands at Shackelford and Nichols. We are going over to help them perform their UIL music and show off a little of what we are working on. Wednesday we will bus over to Nichols during 8th period and return by the end of VFND. On Thursday, students will walk over to Shackelford during 2nd period and then walk back by the end of VFND. Students must speak with their teachers about what content they are missing during those classes.

 

Drum-A-Thon – This Friday from 9pm to 5am, the entire percussion section will be locked into LHS for a night of drumming. Students will practice the large ensembles, small ensembles, and solos. They will also have time to play games and eat snacks.

 

Spring Trip Cancelled – Due to only about 15 contracts and deposits total, we will not have enough students to make the trip to Washington D.C. The directors are disappointed, however, we are considering some fun “stay-cation” ideas for the end of the spring semester. All deposits will be returned to the parents/students next week. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or requests. 

 

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Drumline Update – Mark your calendars to come out to A Night Of Percussion on March 3rd at Truth Vinyl. We will also have a band restaurant night at Twisted Root. You can eat a burger while you listen to our percussionists perform across the breezeway.

 

Jazz Update – Pastapalooza is March 19th. Plan to eat pasta and listen to great jazz!

 

Winterguard Update – Check here for calendar updates and other cool winterguard stuff. http://www.lamarmusic.org/programs/color-guard/

 

Band Room Supplies – Please consider visiting the Lamar Band Amazon Wish List. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1PVLG7D5J19UR?ref_=wl_share

 

Quote of the Week – “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

 

Events (the week ahead)

Tuesday, Feb 18 3:15pm-4:45pm Symphonic Band Sectional

Tuesday, Feb 18 3:00pm-5:00pm Full Orchestra Rehearsal

Wednesday, Feb 19 9:00am-10:30am Wind Symphony Trip to Nichols JH

Wednesday, Feb 19 3:15pm-4:15pm Wind Symphony Brass Sectional

Wednesday, Feb 19 4:15pm-5:15pm Wind Symphony Woodwind Sectional

Thursday, Feb 20 2:00pm-3:00pm Pep Rally @ LHS

Thursday, Feb 20 9:00am-10:30am Wind Symphony Trip to Shackelford JH

Friday, Feb 21 3:00pm-4:00pm Pep Rally @ Shackelford (Full Band)

Friday, Feb 21 9:00pm-5:00am Drum-A-Thon (percussion only lockin)

 

Communication & Social Media

Email contacts – Alan Lang  dlang@aisd.net | Kolby Kelly  kkelly4@aisd.net | Zack Riley zriley1@aisd.net | Midori Eng midori.lwe@gmail.com

Band room phone: (682) 867-7006

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr

This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services. 

 

Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com

Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

For information or to contact the booster club, email lamarbandboosterclub@gmail.com

 

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Bye Bye Birdie – Bravo! The musical was a great success and a wonderful opportunity for all of fine arts to work together on a project. Many band students were either on stage or in the pit orchestra. 

 

Lamar Winter Guard – The varsity winter guard had an excellent performance early Saturday morning at WGI Dallas. We didn’t advance to finals but learned a lot so we can prepare for the next big contest. VFND!

 

Symphony Orchestra Pre UIL – Monday, Feb 10, is the pre UIL concert / clinic for symphony orchestra students. It will be at LHS. Students need to be in uniform in the orchestra room by 4:30pm. Parents are invited to watch the stage concert at 5:30pm.

 

Game Night – Our annual game night is this Tuesday. We have invited all the 8th grade band students from Shackelford and Nichols to join us for video games and snacks in the LHS cafeteria. It will be lots of fun. Freshmen bring sweets / candy, Sophomores bring chips, Juniors bring napkins, plates, cups, Seniors bring canned drinks or water.

 

Spring Trip Cancelled – Due to only about 15 contracts and deposits total, we will not have enough students to make the trip to Washington D.C. The directors are disappointed, however, we are considering some fun “stay-cation” ideas for the end of the spring semester. All deposits will be returned to the parents/students next week. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or requests. 

 

This Week – On Monday the symphony orchestra will have a pre-UIL concert in the afternoon. We encourage families and other students to attend the performance. Tuesday is our Game Night for Lamar Band and the 8th graders from Shack and Nichols. We need game systems, TV/projectors, and snacks for this event to be as fantastic as it usually is. Wednesday through Friday the directors will be at the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference in San Antonio. Students will be expected to exhibit exemplary behavior for the substitutes while we are away.

 

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.

 

Drumline Update – Mark your calendars to come out to A Night Of Percussion on March 3rd at Truth Vinyl. We will also have a band restaurant night at Twisted Root. You can eat a burger while you listen to our percussionists perform across the breezeway.

 

Jazz Update – Pastapalooza is March 19th. Plan to eat pasta and listen to great jazz!

 

Winterguard Update – Check here for calendar updates and other cool winterguard stuff. http://www.lamarmusic.org/programs/color-guard/

 

Band Room Supplies – Please consider visiting the Lamar Band Amazon Wish List. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1PVLG7D5J19UR?ref_=wl_share

 

Quote of the Week – “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

 

Events (the week ahead)

Monday, Feb 10 3:15pm-4:45pm Freshman Band Sectional

Monday, Feb 10 4:30pm-6:30pm Symphony Orchestra Pre UIL Concert @ LHS

Tuesday, Feb 11 3:15pm-4:45pm Symphonic Band Sectional

Tuesday, Feb 11 6:00pm-8:00pm Game Night @ LHS

Wednesday-Friday Directors at TMEA San Antonio

Saturday, Feb 15 All Day Winter Guard to NTCA Contest @ Wakeland HS

 

Communication & Social Media

Email contacts – Alan Lang  dlang@aisd.net | Kolby Kelly  kkelly4@aisd.net | Zack Riley zriley1@aisd.net | Midori Eng midori.lwe@gmail.com

Band room phone: (682) 867-7006

Facebook: Lamar Viking Band

Instagram: @Lamarband

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

Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr

This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services. 

 

Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com

Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar

For information or to contact the booster club, email lamarbandboosterclub@gmail.com