Football & Contest #2 – What a busy weekend! We ALL deserved a day off on Monday. I hope the parents and volunteers that assisted on both Friday and Saturday were able to get much needed rest. The staff is very pleased with both performances on Saturday as well as Friday’s game. We added a very large amount of content to the show during the week and the kids did a really great job performing it. As for competition, in prelims, Lamar ranked 4th in class but 2nd in both percussion and color guard. In finals, Lamar ranked 7th overall, 5th in percussion, 4th in color guard, and 4th in visual. This a great first showing at USBands competition. We will continue the USBands national circuit with our performance at the SW Championship and the Coppell Showcase. Mostly urgently, we have UIL Region Marching Contest on Tuesday the 17th at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. We would love to have a huge crowd from Lamar. We perform at 7:30pm.
Band fees – I sent out an updated band fees statement last week. It is critical that students pay these fees. If you see anything wrong or don’t understand the statement, please email me and let me know. I encourage students to bring their payments in before school and hand it to a director. Band fees must be paid before students are allowed to go on the spring trip.
Spring Trip – Trip contract and deposit is DUE TOMORROW! The band & orchestra have planned a combined spring trip to Orlando this spring to compete in the Festival Disney Music Contest. The dates are April 13-16. We will fly there and stay on at a Disney hotel. We will spend two days at Disney and two days at Universal Studios Orlando. The cost will be between $1200-$1500 depending on how good of a deal we get on airline ticket prices. That depends on how fast we can get deposits on the trip. Students were given trip contracts last week. I have attached a trip contract to this email. Please get this turned in as quickly as possible. If any parents would like to attend as a chaperone, please notate that on the student’s contract.
Rehearsals – We only have 29 hours of rehearsal left this season. Only 4 rehearsals before UIL. This week rehearsals are Tuesday 3:30pm-6:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 3:30pm-6:00pm. Rehearsal attendance is mandatory. If you have transportation concerns, let us know and fill out this form. https://goo.gl/hRA3NU
Upcoming itineraries – The DeSoto Marching Contest is on Oct. 14th. UIL is on Oct. 17th and then the USBands SW Championship at AT&T stadium on Oct. 21st. The final performance of “All In A Dream” is at Coppell on Oct. 29th. I will be sending itineraries as soon as I can for all events. Please read them for details regarding call times, pick up times, and meal arrangements. For special diet concerns, please log in to Charms and “special diet?” in the update personal info section.
Yankee Candle fundraiser – THE BOOSTER CLUB EXTENDED THE DEADLINE TO TUESDAY OCT. 10TH. The candles will be in before the holidays so it should be a popular way for people to get gifts early. For more details contact Mr. Lang or Mrs. Murphy. https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/home.htm
Quote of the Week – “The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Events (the week ahead)
Tuesday, Oct 10 3:30pm-6:30pm Marching Band Practice
Wednesday, Oct 11 3:30pm-6:00pm Marching Band Practice
Thursday, Oct 12 3:30pm-6:00pm Marching Band Practice
Friday, Oct 13 4:45pm-10:30pm Football vs. Arlington HS (HOME game)
Saturday, Oct 14 9:00am-11:00pm Marching Contest @ DeSoto
Monday, Oct 16 3:30pm-6:30pm Marching Band Practice (special rehearsal before UIL)
Tuesday, Oct 17 2:30pm-10:00pm UIL REGION MARCHING CONTEST @ Mansfield
New band room phone lines:
Mr. Alan Lang – (682) 867-7006
Mr. Matt Bibb – (682) 867-7057
Mr. Jarred Carlton – (682) 867-7058
Remind (texting service) text to 81010 with the following message:
Lamar Band – @lamarband
Color Guard – @lamarguard
Band Parents – @lhsbandmom
Facebook: Lamar Viking Band
Twitter: @VikingBand (general band)
@AlanLangLHS (Mr. Lang)
@TCarltonLHS (Mr. Carlton)
Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar
For information or to contact the booster club, email firstname.lastname@example.org