Band Directors

Alan Lang, Director of Bands

Alan Lang is currently teaching his thirteenth year at Lamar High School. He became a Lamar fine arts staff member in the fall of 2005 after teaching at Lindsay High School in Oklahoma for four years. Mr. Lang is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education. During his college years, he was a member of the 1998 Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps where he studied with professional trumpeter Peter Bond of the NYC Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Alan also performed in the jazz band, symphonic bands, marching band, and choir while attending OU. Mr. Alan Lang has worked as a Drum Corps International instructor (Pioneer 2003-2006, Revolution 2008-2011) as visual caption head.

In the fall of 2012, Mr. Lang took over as director of bands at Lamar. He is currently the director of the Wind Symphony, The Pride of Lamar Marching Band, and associate director of the full orchestra. During his tenure at Lamar he has taught International Baccalaureate Music (IB), symphonic band, and concert band. He has been the drill designer for the marching band and wrote the drill for the award winning LHS indoor drumline. Under Mr. Lang’s direction, the jazz band has participated and/or competed in the Essentially Ellington jazz program during the 2005-2015 school years. As a director at Lamar, Mr. Lang has taken the band on trips, including, Crested Butte, Memphis, Orlando, Corpus Christi, Winter Park, South Padre, San Antonio, New York City, and Nashville.

Mr. Lang lives in Dallas with his wife Shaneen and their three cats, Sebastian, Belle and Leeloo.

Zack Riley, Associate Director of Bands

Zack Riley is in his first year of teaching here at Lamar High School. He recently graduated in the 2018 with a degree in Music Education from the prestigious College of Music at the University of North Texas. In his time at North Texas, Mr. Riley studied under the baton of Dr. Nicholas Williams, Professor Dennis Fisher, and under the tutelage of Horn professor Dr. William Scharnberg. Zack also performed in the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and the “Best Band in the Land, and best Drumline in College Football”, the “GREEEEEEEEEN BRIGADE!” where he had the privilege of becoming a section leader, and Field Technician for the ensemble. During his college years, he was a member of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Riley has also been an instructor in Drum Corps International as a visual instructor with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2015) and currently resides on the visual educational team with the Guardians Drum & Bugle Corps (2017-present).

After spending four years at Lamar as a marching technician for the Pride of Lamar, Mr. Riley was promoted to a full-time director. He is the director of the Symphonic Band, Viking Jazz Orchestra, Viking Jazz Ensemble, co-directs the Freshman band, and teaches the Woodwind Techniques class.

Zack is a graduate of Lamar High School, Class of 2011.

Mr. Riley resides in Grand Prairie, loves buffalo wings, video games, fantasy football and hockey (Go Stars!). He is heavily supported by all his family, including his parents Kevin & Susan, brother and sister, Michael & Stephanie, and his wonderful girlfriend Ashleigh.

“I am extremely humbled and excited to give back to the program that first taught me the passion for music and where I learned I wanted to be an educator. I was raised a Viking, and I always will be a Viking! VFND!”

Kolby Kelly, Associate Director of Bands & Percussion