10/15/2017 MMNs Week 9

Happy Sunday Mustangs

Your Marching Mustang Band has done it again! Another fantastic week of hard work showed up on Saturday night and resulted in their 3rd straight Braden River Invitational Grand Championship!!! I am so proud. I am so blessed to be your Director.

You know me, I've already got a whole list of "what's next". We are in a great position to fine-tune this production to have a great showing at FBA MPA on Oct 28 and FMBC State Championships on Nov 18. We will get to work cleaning and adding right away in classes and on the asphalt.

2 HUUUGE goals; Straight Superiors at FBA and a FINALS Performance Saturday Night in the Tropicana Dome. I never value competition over Education - I believe I have a vision of a program where Competition is PART of Education. We strive to learn and grow and emerge past our comfort zones and to compete with ourselves, to be the best LRHS MMB that we can be. Then we see how that stacks up when the judges see it. I am not too shy to say I want the best for all of our students!!!! We have a standard of Excellence that Continues!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands
 

10/10/17 Updated Schedule

Hello Band Family

Here is the most recent Performance Calendar.  Please check against your own to verify availability, give coaches and bosses advanced notice.

Some highlights are this Thursday's news taping and Marching Band Portrait Day on Nov. 11th! Of course BRHS competition, MPA and State FMBC are ahead as well. The 12/7 Prism Concert and 12/9 Jazz Festival on the Ruth Eckerd Stage are not to be missed!

I hope you'll accept my apologies for the fluid calendar. I do try to give you plenty of time (early April the year before) to plan, but Mother nature stepped in big time this year! It isn't always like this - I promise.

Let's continue the amazing growth!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

10/9/19 MMNs Week 8

Good Morning Mustangs

Whew! Long day yesterday, but I am grateful to have spent it with you ! We are blessed to have the hardest working parent volunteers in support, a great staff and of course outstanding band members. I am proud to be a part of it all! We are well known in the activity for doing it right. An organization of class and consistency.

Our goal for this week: continue to grow, strive to excel, rehearse well and Perform Great! Let's Go!!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

10/2/17 MMN's Week 7

Hello Mustangs

What a Great week of hard work and performance we just had! That's how you do it band!

Middle School Night and football rocked, Part 1 and 2 are filled with tons of exciting new choreography and the Guard book is COMPLETE for those movements!!!! I am sooooo very proud of everyone for contributing to what is already a successful year! This week we take it on the road!

Congratulations to those students that auditioned for the Florida All-State Ensembles Saturday without missing a beat; Michael Miller, Jenna Brooks, Eric Miller, Lenora , Victoria Pugh, Scott Baker, Ethan Horn, Trey Thompson, Aaron Washington, Lenora Galeziowski and Quinn Mitchel! You represent all that is great about the band kids here at the Ranch.

Check CHARMS! New drill coordinates and video, Durant maps and details. Be organized and Prepared!

LRBBA booster meeting Tuesday, 7:30pm in the band room. BE THERE! Be a part of the BEST parent organization on campus. The parents are instrumental in helping me bring the vision of the Green Machine to life! I am so grateful.

Let's have a great week!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

9/25/17 MMN's Week 6

Hello LRHS BandLand,

Those of you who follow me on any social media know the adventure that I have had since I saw you Friday night: a flight to Boston Saturday afternoon and then immediate 21-hour drive back to Florida to get things that we need. You're that important to me! After a good night's sleep tonight I will be pumped to get this week underway: Improving skills in our classes and adding to the show after school!

Ranch Hands - please stay tuned for information regarding this week - there is a lot to do behind the scenes so that we can have the props in this week and so that we can take care of any maintenance on Podiums, instruments, props and trailers. This will be the first 2-trailer game so we will set those expectations as well!

Let's continue to get Better EVERY day.  You are all incredible performers and families that deserve nothing less!  I promise to lead the way. THANK YOU for your dedication.

Let's Goooooo Mustangs!!!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

9/18/17 MMN's Week 5

Hello Mustangs

Band Kids: Let's go! It's time to show our RESOLVE in the face of trying circumstances! A little weather can't stop us!! You have worked so hard thus far to create the makings of a special year. let's keep building! Practice Perfectly - Perfect Practice makes Perfect Performance.

Ranch Hands and Chaperones - please plan on coming as early as possible Friday (we rehearse 2:30-5, then eat and have the Homecoming game). This will be a great opportunity to start getting our systems in place. I hope to have the majority of the props in for Friday so our post-game performance will be a stress-free run.  Stay tuned for more details from your coordinators!

ALL- STATE kids: It is time to start coming by my office to play for me. I am very interested to hear how your scales and excerpts are coming along - Auditions are the 30th!

See you all this week! These are exciting times in LRHS Bandland!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands
 

9/15/17

Hello Mustangs

I know that everyone's family has different levels of adjustment following hurricane Irma. Let's support each other, love each other and be kind to one another as we go through this healing time. I want you to know that I am happy that we have survived and I am ecstatic that we have a band family to return to. For those of you that I saw today, thank you for bringing light to this very dark week. It was great to hear your laughter and to have the building filled with music and guard once again. For those that I will see on Monday, I can't wait to have us all together again!

I won't inundate you with lots of information. Let's just look at the next 2 weeks. I will follow with more up on MMN:

1. The FBA has extended the window for All-State Auditions due to Irma and the aftermath. After much discussion and deliberation they have decided that the best course of action for our district will be to move our All State Auditions to Saturday September 30th. Auditions will still take place at Sarasota Middle School. The times that are posted will remain the same. 

2.  This is Homecoming Week. Tuesday is Back-to-School Night. We have a game Friday. You have the Dance on Saturday. I am adjusting rehearsal to give you time to enjoy the Spirit Week while still feeling good about our progress. I am gently setting up the schedule in a way that we can push forward with intensity while attending to the matters of school and family. We will not go into crisis mode. We have set a solid foundation. We will work hard as we expected to. Please be flexible, Please be ready!!!

Monday, September 18 - NO rehearsal
Tuesday (19) - FULL BAND/Guard rehearsal, 2:30-5, Back to School Night at 6pm afterwards.
Wednesday (20) - FULL BAND/GUARD rehearsal, 2:30-5
Thursday (21) - FULL BAND/GUARD rehearsal, 2:30-5
Friday (22) - FULL BAND/GUARD rehearsal, 2:30-5, Homecoming Game/Alumni Night!
Saturday (23) - Homecoming Dance!

Monday, September 25 - NO Rehearsal
Tuesday (26) - Percussion/Guard 6-9pm
Wednesday (27) - Woodwinds/Brass 2:30-5:30
Thursday (28) - FULL BAND/GUARD 3-5, 6-9
Friday (29) - Middle School Band Night! FULL BAND/GUARD 4pm Downbeat
Saturday (30) - FULL BAND/GUARD rehearsal 1-9, All-State Auditions @ SMS

Enjoy your weekend! I'll see you Monday!!!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

9/14/17

I really miss all of you! 

I hope that your post-Irma time is being spent helping your family recover 100% from the effects of the storm. Water levels, loss of power, tree debris everywhere - whatever it is, be a productive part of the solution at home. 

I know you are all anxious to get to work. We have missed a lot of rehearsal time. Please know that our progress is foremost in my mind. Stay in touch with your leadership team and stay on task! Woodwinds - work on the Bach Divertimento, Brass - Download and learn the lot chorale (and listen to the sound file) that I am uploading to Charms in a moment - I've been up all night arranging it for you and now I'm working on your Pre-Show arrangement! Our Green Machine keeps rolling!

Pay close attention to the rehearsal schedule that I will post this evening: I am brainstorming ways that we can best continue our preparation for the competitive season. Schools all over Florida are facing hardships right now - we are not the only ones - we will handle it and excel!  Please keep in mind the time off that we have had, charge your batteries - we are going to PUSH hard between now and Oct 7! 

Please make sure that you are using this time to get on top/ahead of all of your academic demands - band consumes a lot of time in October, but a well-organized approach to managing your time will help you achieve MORE in your studies, not less. I want you to be successful in LIFE, not just band.

Enjoy your Thursday, Brass get to work on the Chorals, BAND, look for announcements tonight.

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

9/5/17 MMN's Week 4

Hello Band

Happy Holiday!  I have had a great one, I hope you have as well.  I want to thank everyone in bandland for a great 3-week kickoff to our year. I am very pleased with the band classes and after-school activities. WE DO IT RIGHT!! It is my wish that you all look forward to coming to our band room - it's your home! 

LRBBA Meeting 7:30 Tomorrow for ALL band parents - BE THERE!
Early Release, therefore early rehearsal Wed/12:30-3. Bring munchies to snack on breaks + water!
Southeast Home Game!  BIG Crowd, 2 great bands, DRUM-OFF!!
Saturday Camp - Let's Gooooo!  First competition is a month away!!

I'm so charged fo this week. I'll see you tomorrow!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

 

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8/30/17 PEP RALLY FOR FRIDAY, 9/1 !

Hey Guys!

WooHoo!  I just got Great News!  Friday is our first regular season home game and coach and principal have asked us to do a lunchtime  Marching Band Pep Rally! The students love it when we rock the campus on game day!

We will play in the Courtyard at the beginning of A, B and C lunch, you will then be dismissed to eat at the C portion of lunch. I have your attendance taken care of - your teachers will have correspondence giving you permission.  

Performance Attire:  

1. Report to the Band Room at 10am - it is the end of THIRD period.
2. Wear JEANS for the Pep Rally, Khaki Shorts for the GAME.
3. If you have a test during 5th period, take it. PEP RALLIES ARE NOT MANDATORY. They are a reward.
4. Come ready to have FUN and play GREAT!!!!!

Guard- Blacks/Keds.



Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

8/28/17 MMN'S Week 3

Hello Mustang Band Family!

Thank You for a great week of Music and Fellowship!  The parents of LRBBA did a fantastic job of not only cooking Saturday's meal, they made the cafeteria a great place to grab a bite and enjoy some great music!  Thanks for being flexible under the severe weather conditions. In our band, the Show Must Go On.....and it did.

I hope that everyone is safe and secure tonight. It has been rainy here in Apollo Beach as well, but nothing like what Manatee County has had to endure.

I am very happy with the culture we are establishing in the bandroom and on the field. You have been disciplined and productive. Let's keep those goals in mind and take them to a higher level! That is success.

Game Week!  Read and execute the details. See you tomorrow!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

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8/20/17 MMN's Week 2

Hello!

It's late - I'm sorry. This was my first real day off in months and of course, Zoe was in charge. We returned from a fun day of Disney just a short time ago.

I can't thank everyone enough for the warm welcome home and the hard work that began immediately when I returned last Monday. The band classes and our Marching Band and Guard were AWESOME this week! All of the LRBBA parents jumped in and our Green Machine started rolling. Concessions, Chaperones, Uniforms, Merchandise - the support is there and the kids know it! They perform great when everything is taken care of behind the scenes. I love and appreciate all of our boosters!

Please take a look at the schedule for the week - Friday and Saturday's camp will culminate with a performance for our entire band family. tell your friends and extended family to come out and support these performers! They won't be disappointed. Please talk to a LRBBA board member about assisting with the evening: there are burgers to flip, tee shirts to sell, and FUN to have. See you there!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

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8/13/17 MMN's Week 1

Good Evening!

I am writing/sending the first Monday Music Notes for 2017 from the Ronald Reagan airport in Washington DC.  After a nearly 90-day tour of the country with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, I have had to deal with flight  delays all day today.......not fun. It makes me even MORE excited to get back to business at the Ranch though!  Our bands are going to ROCK this year!

Please set great habits from week one. Monday Music Notes are critical correspondence between ME and YOU. You find information pertinent to the coming week. I believe (and veteran parents will tell you) that the key to our success is Organization and Passion. I promise to bring lots of both to the table to set everyone up, I need your commitment to reading and responding to the MMN. Deal?

Let's have a great 2017-18 band year Mustang Family.  I'm getting home around 1am tonight, but I'll be there ready to go in the morning!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

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5/17/17 Monday Music Notes

Hello Mustangs!

I am so pumped right now - I have completed a schedule Update for our program that might be my favorite Fall schedule EVER!  It mixes in great rehearsal opportunities and a great home football schedule with well-spaced out breaks/holidays/family time and facilitates a competitive run in October that should have us ready to do very well at Marching MPA, our Home Music In Motion show and States!

You will also see 3 dates at the beginning of the sheet that I am calling our Summer Session. This is response to the overwhelming feedback that I have gotten from our members telling me that they want to keep our great momentum going by getting together a few times. I was able to make it happen by refining my Boston travel schedule to plan 3 trips home! 

During my trips home (1 each month), I will open the Band Room for Voluntary 4-hour section rehearsals. This will give you an opportunity to bond and get a head start on visual and drill!  Our new video Check-Off system will also keep you engaged and motivated as you enjoy your summer. The investment into our band will pay dividends! 

The Summer Session Rehearsals will take place from 9am-1pm on:
Tuesday, June 6th
Tuesday, July 11th
Tuesday, August 1st

There are many other highlights and important details in the new Performance Calendar. Please take the time to read, discuss and post these dates and times in your family calendar so that we avoid any conflicts. ALL DATES AND TIMES after we begin the season on August 15th are MANDATORY for all members of the band.

2016-17 was awesome Mustangs. 2017-18 will be even awesomer!!!  LOL (I know that's not a word).

See You all tomorrow,

Mr Lambert

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands
 

5/7/2017 Monday Music Notes

Hello Band Family


LOTS of Information in MMN this week. I tried to be as succinct as possible. I'm sorry that it's late, but it was Pop-Pop and Zoe time today..... Read, Post and ask questions if necessary. There's a lot going on!

 

Thanks to those of you who have turned in all of your MMB paperwork. Just 3 students remaining and I talked to them Saturday! We will go into the summer at a 100% compliance level - a great place to be. That speaks to the great kids and families we have. 

 

I have finalized the Marching Band roster with students that have turned in their packets and attended the required rehearsals. It's time to write drill, build props and order uniforms. The 2017 season is underway!  

 

I have finalized the 2017 Class Rosters based upon registration, compliance with the new MMB expectation and your previous experience. Your performance, participation, behavior and attitude ALL YEAR are the audition! I'm excited about next year's LRHS Band Program.

 

I'm looking forward to this week of performances and Senior send-offs. This has been a great year for Lakewood Ranch Bands.

 

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

 

 

4/30/17 Monday Music Notes

Happy Sunday Mustangs!

YOU Rock, WE Rock!  What an amazing performance at the DeSoto Heritage Parade!  We Work our tails off ALL year for judges, ratings and competitions, but there is something special about letting it all hang out on the parade route for a crowd of over 200,000 Manatee County residents! They LOVE their Mustang band!  We are the Biggest and the Best our county has to offer, and our Chaperones and Ranch Hands are second to NO ONE when it comes to keeping us safe and meeting our needs on a hot day like yesterday. We worked hard and came home with everyone feeling good and looking great. Thanks to everyone in the MMB family for representing Lakewood Ranch HS before the world! 

It's almost summer..........

Read the MMB, prepare for a great camp on Saturday. Band Family, Thanks for letting me be your director all of these years.

 

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

 

4/16/17 Monday Music Notes

Happy Easter Mustangs!

LOTS of important details in the MMN.  Read and Post! 100% attendance is always expected for LRHS Bands events.

This is an important week for our Wind Ensemble as we refine our program for State assessment in Miami.  Parents and members of the Wind Ensemble - please complete the packet and turn in your trip form and money by tomorrow.

Get to work on your MMB homework - FUN night 2 and our DeSoto parade are right around the corner!

Enjoy your families today!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

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MMN's 4/10/17

Hello Mustang Family!

Important details in this week's Notes: Our Guard and Percussion have tryouts, New Marchers have their first FUN experience, and we have a 4-day week with Good Friday off.  

WW and Brass Wind ensemble kids - PLEASE clear your schedule for a short Wednesday sectional. I thought our concert performance was strong last week and I want to keep building to States - turn in your packets!

Have a great Sunday.  I'm watching The Masters! 

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MMN's 4/3/17

Hello Mustang Family!

Our great year continues.....THANK YOU to the 2016 Leadership team! You have been awesome.

Busy Week Ahead!:.....
Tuesday - LRBBA Booster meeting, 7:30pm in the Band Room. This Wednesday we will select the new generation of Officers and section leaders that will head up the 2017 MMB.  We have a performance for the Wind Ensemble Thursday and then a retreat for the newly elected Leadership Team on Friday.

Please Read and Post the attached MMN - Let's Go!

 

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