8/13/18 MMN WEEK 1! Here we go Mustangs!!

Hello Band Family

What an amazing summer! Band and Drum Corps have taken 110\% of my time. Now that World Championships are over, I am looking forward to seeing my family! That of course includes you and all of the members of the LRHS band classes. WE BEGIN TOMORROW!

There are lots of details to follow in the coming days. Here is the MMN to get you going

2018-19 will be another GREAT year for the Bands of Lakewood Ranch!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

8/6/18 Band Camp Week 3

Hello Mustangs!

A complete MMN will publish by lunch tomorrow. After a grueling 10-day stretch of tour and travel I am back and ready to go! Our July 23rd camp was amazing - let's pick up right where we left off!

I have to share with you that one of the most gratifying days of my entire career was TODAY. After 13 hours of travel home from Allentown PA to Tampa, I immediately drove down to LR and went to the band room to get the power cord to my computer so I could reach out to you tonight. As I rounded the bus loop, THERE ON THE ASPHALT WERE MARCHING MUSTANGS HAVING A REHEARSAL!!! That's right. Sunday afternoon, 3:58pm and your band captain and other Mustangs were on the asphalt learning dots and sharing everything we covered last camp. Talk about a culture of dedication and success? A teacher's dream: students motivated to excel. Thank You!!! I waved hello and goodbye and let them continue. Are you kidding me? Unbelievable. AMAZING!

I have some other REALLY exciting BandLand developments to share with you, but for now, I have to turn in. A little more family time and then sleep. Teachers report tomorrow! 

Bring: Water Bottles, Sunscreen, Drill Shirts, Dot Books, Music Binders, GREAT ATTITUDE

Mon 2pm-9pm (blocks are 2-5, 6-9)
Tue  2pm-9pm (blocks are 2-5, 6-9)
Wed 2pm-9pm (blocks are 2-6 rehearsal, 6-9 BBQ and Parent Show!!!)

Please bag a meal for the 5-6 dinner block or prepare a delivery from mom an dad. No Food or Drink in the BandRoom please!

For our BBQ and parent show, LRBBA provides the hamburgers and hot dogs. We supplement the meal by asking for your help with extras:each class of band kids brings something specific to share. Please turn your items in to the uniform room:

Freshmen -- Bottled water (single serving bottles)
Sophomores -- Cans of soda
Juniors -- Individual bags of chips (bring a variety pack of single serving bags)
Seniors -- Cookies or brownies

Details of more Band events to come tomorrow!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

7/7/18 MMN Summer Edition!

Hello!

We're super busy out here on the road but you're on my mind all of the time! I can't wait to see the MMB! Take a moment to read the info here and bring your A game Monday! We will have some fun team-building time and lots of productive rehearsal to kick the season off right!

I hope to see you in Orlando tomorrow. If not, we begin at 9am sharp on Monday!!!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

5/14/18 MMNs Week 36

Hello Band!

I hope that you had a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day. We love our band moms!!!!

We celebrate 1 year of band this week at our Awards Night as well as 4 years of Seniors at Graduation! What a week.

GRADUATING Officers and Section leaders are a BIG part of the AWARDS night prep. Report time here in the band room is 2:30. 

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

5/7/18 All State Auditions 2018

Hello to all Band Members....

We have had an amazing run of All-State candidates here at the Ranch. 11 kids auditioned last year! I would like to see even more take advantage of the opportunity. Next year you will see an even heightened commitment to the process, including a recital featuring the candidates, and a weekend off to focus towards their auditions! I received this very important information today:

The 2019 All State Requirements for Middle School, Concert Band and Symphonic Band were posted on Tuesday, May 1.  Please be sure to check the page often for necessary corrections or clarifications to the requirements.
CHANGES TO THE 2019 REQUIREMENTS
The scale order for the Concert and Symphonic level auditions will now be
Concert C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G

The time limit to play all 12 scales for the Concert and Symphonic level auditions will now be 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

The piano audition is now an individual audition for grades 9-12.  Students must be a member of a performing ensemble within the band program at their school. Students selected for piano may be placed in the Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Band or Symphonic Orchestra based on the need for piano in those particular ensembles each year. 

PLEASE visit the FBA site at  https://fba.flmusiced.org/all-state/audition-requirements/
to download the materials for your instrument and get to work! My favorite quote from Frederick Fennell, Great Director of the Eastman Wind Ensemble: "If you want a Great band, develop Great players!".  All-State is a Great step in that direction.

Have a great day Mustangs!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

5/7/18 MMNs Week 35

Hello Band Family!

Amazing things going on at the Ranch:

1. Giving Challenge Success!
2. Saturday mini-camp Rocked!
3. SENIORS celebrated for their contributions to our legacy!
4. Ensembles for next year shaping up!
5. Inventory and Music Library Spring Cleaning are underway

Congratulations to Taylor Alaniz, Nick Josephson and Ted Robinson: these great Mustangs have been promoted to the role of Section Leader for their outstanding service thus far in 2018! Bravo! 

and more surprise announcements coming soon..........

REMEMBER, due to testing tomorrow, SECOND period starts the day, then we go into a FIRST period exam for the seniors. AP kids start testing too! 

Go Get 'em Mustangs! The Best and Brightest students are Band Kids - keep the tradition alive!!!!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands
 

4/31/18 Saturday MMB Rehearsal

Hello to the Members and Parents of the Mustang Marching Band

I have had an overwhelming amount of notifications regarding the Saturday SAT (affecting many of our Drum Majors and Section Leaders) and a field trip that lasts until 2am on Friday night May 4 (affecting all of our Nolan kids) since the MMN went out.

It makes sense to BEGIN REHEARSAL AT 12 o'clock noon. We will still provide a good snack break from 2:30-3pm. We will rehearse until 5pm. I will open the band room at 11:00am for kids wanting to get some practice in.

* ALL NOLAN STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND (you get to sleep in now!)
* STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE SUNCOAST HONOR BAND are expected to be here 12-1:30PM. You can get to your 2:30pm rehearsal with time to spare. 

This flexibility makes it possible for us to have productive rehearsal with 100% attendance. BE PREPARED with the download links provided in the MMN. Be sure to eat a good meal before you come in. HYDRATE!

Have a great week! We hope to see lots of parents at tomorrow's Booster meeting! It's Giving Challenge Week!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

4/30/18 MMNs Week 34

Hello Mustang Family!

THANK YOU to our members and parents for being there when it counts! We present to the public a healthy, strong and united organization that puts our kids first! First-Class in everything we do! I appreciate you for supporting that vision.

Please read the MMN carefully! LOTS of details - LOTS of FUN things going on!

Please support the GIVING challenge. It helps us continue and enhance the wonderful student experience.

Please come to our last LRBBA booster meeting of this school year! Tuesday evening, 7:30pm. If you want some insight into how this organization is run, if you want to be a part of the parent initiative to support all that we do - COME OUT AND GET INVOLVED!!! We would love to have you.

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

4/22/18 MMNs Week 33

Hello Everyone

After a week that featured TONS of Prep and Performance, a Sunday full of Fun and Family has me fighting for some quality nap time. I will post a full printable MMN tomorrow. Sorry it is so late. For now: highlights:

1. Monday - VanDoren Woodwind clinic right after school for clarinets and saxes
2. Wednesday - FUNdamentals night and Auditions for Guard and Percussion (Winds get sectional time and one-on-one basics help from Officers and section leaders - ALL new members must attend) 5-8pm
3. Thursday - FUNdamentals night and Parade rehearsal for ALL MMB members, 2017-18 AND 2018-19. 5-8pm
4. Saturday - DeSoto Heritage Parade. Report time 4pm load trailer immediately, Departure 4:30pm, Return 8:30pm. Band: Khaki Shorts, Black COMP tee Shirt (new marchers will get shirt). Guard: Black shorts, Black Shirts. Girls: FRENCH BRAID!
5. Fri-Sat-Sun - Boston Crusaders Camp. Public Rehearsal/Performance in Stadium Sunday, 11am-12:30pm.

Let's have a great week!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

4/9/18 MMNs Week 31

Happy Masters Day!

A FUN week of performances just ended, another lies ahead. Congratulations to all!

Tuesday, 7pm - Color Guard and Percussion Studio Recital
Thursday, 11 am - SCF Jazz Festival
Friday - PROM

Our Standard of Excellence continues, please continue to support our Mustangs!

Now back to the telecast..........

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

UTC Performance

Hello LRHS Concert and Jazz Band Families!

I have received the answers that I needed from the folks at UTC so that I could pass along to you information about our event Saturday. Of course feel free to reach out if you have any further questions. I'm here for you! Here goes:

1. Call Time for Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Jazz 1 and 2 kids is 5:30pm at the LRHS trailer.
2. The trailer will be located on the EAST side of UTC (facing 75) by the Kona Grill.
3. Eat well before you come - water will be provided, but not food. 
4. Parents are welcome to attend - bring a lawn chair if you want to sit!!!
5. Performers will wear Formal Wear, Parents and Families attending should wear nice "Florida Wear" appropriate for the weather. Shorts, sandals, Jeans, tennies are fine, just look good :)
6. Students are dismissed once their Group has finished performing. Any kids staying to watch other groups MUST BE ON THEIR BEST BEHAVIOR!! This is a critical public impression we are making and I want to represent LRHS with the utmost class and professionalism. I'm trusting you.
7. The performance order will be Solo & Ensembles, Symphonic, Solo and Ensembles, Wind Symphony, Intermission, Jazz 2, Jazz 1.
8. We will load the trailer during 7th on Friday and unload it during 2nd on Monday. No one will need to follow me back to the Ranch Saturday evening.

This performance opportunity is an extension of a great relationship we have built in our community. Please try to come out and support our kids! Make a date night of it and invite your friends and family!!! 

Thanks!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

4/3/18 MMNs Week 30

Hello Band Family - Happy Easter!!!

Please take a moment to read the MMN and get ready for the Thrill Ride that is 4th Quarter BandLand!!

I will send out all details and itinerary for the UTC performance in a separate email tomorrow.

Bring your Best Work Ethic and a Great ATTITUDE Mustangs - that will determine our ALTITUDE!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

3/20/18 Updated Spring Schedule

Hello Band Family, it's me again....

You will find attached to this email the NEW and Improved (and awesome) Spring Band schedule.

Why are there adjustments? The answer is simple - I like to plan waaaay in advance and sometimes things arise and change on campus or within the activities that we participate that warrant adjustment on our end. A simple change to a date (like moving the faculty awards night 2 weeks) sets a process in motion whereby things have to move. Flexibility is one of our greatest attributes!

Please Read and Post this schedule. Please avoid conflicts if at all possible. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

I am very excited about the performance opportunities in Quarter 4 for all of the members of our band and color guard! I took great care to leave space for personal time, PROM, Graduation and exams. Band will round out your already wonderful lives, adding beauty and serving the community!!! We are going to cap off this school year right! 

UPDATED SCHEDULE


Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

3/18/18 MMNs Week 29

Hello Band Family!

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Florida weekend! The Boston camp has drawn to a close and I can head home soon.

Please read and process the many details in the MMN this week. Our week leading up to Spring Break is action-packed and oh-boy is it it exciting when we return!!! Lots of amazing performance opportunities lie ahead for our Mustangs! Get ready to get in the saddle!

Happy Holidays to all of you. It means so much to me that we are a great band family!

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Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

3/11/18 MMNs Week 28

Happy Sunday evening Mustangs

Thank You for your support and efforts through all of our latest endeavors.

We are MUSTANG proud, We are MUSTANG strong. PRIDE in our organization is what makes our standard of excellence endure and the Band Room a safe and worthwhile place for us all to be! I am so excited about what lies ahead!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

 

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3/5/18 MMNs Week 27

I'm sorry Mustangs. 

It is so hard to lose a family member. Especially when our band family is so close. It really hurts.....

The pain reaches deep but our collective strength is incredible. We will endure together. I am ALWAYS here for you - you are ALWAYS there for me. LOVE and COMPASSION will guide our hearts. MUSIC is the thread that binds us all.

I am so glad that we have a safe place, a home in the band room - I can't wait to see you there this week.

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

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*Please make note of the 4:45pm report time for Symphonic - Chairs and stands will already be on stage, rehearsal begins promptly at 5pm.

2/26/18 MMN Update

Hello Mustangs

There have been many times this year that our band has been forced to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances - rain, hurricanes, A/C, new carpet, tragedy and more. I do my best to keep you very informed and to the best of my ability, give you details as soon as they are available. As a family man, I understand the importance of organization and being pro-active. That is why I am willing to make changes when they are warranted. VISION is important, but so is understanding.

Here a couple of things that have come across my desk today that make it necessary for me to change course:

1. I received a phone call at 4:30pm this afternoon from R, Dan Nolan HS. Due to the crazy week they experienced there last week (repercussions of the Parkland tragedy), they have RESCHEDULED the March 1st Appreciation Rally for Thursday, March 15. I will put together a new set of trip forms and get them out to you ASAP.  Mrs. Gee was very apologetic and felt terrible but they are dealing with all they can to reestablish normalcy after the lockdown and back pack day. Security and comfort are paramount. I. of course had no problem understanding - we have had our own issues here on campus. One benefit of the re-schedule is the ability to take some members of the BAND as well. Details to follow - it is a marvelous opportunity to recruit!

2. Student conflicts have made the Orlando weekend on March 23rd and 24th impossible. I have withdrawn our Jazz bands from the UCF Jazz festival and from State MPA. Soloists that received Superior ratings on Grade 5 or higher solos and ensembles are still eligible to go. I will have a new packet for those students as soon as I can get it completed.

Please consider the many hours that go into planning and executing our activities. I don't take any changes lightly and put much care and thought into every decision, knowing the ripples our schedule and any re-direction of it creates in your lives. 

Thank You - please mark your calendars. 

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

2/25/18 MMNs Week 26

Hi Mustangs!

Busy times, great times. Our intermediate goals are to have the very best performances possible over the next few weeks at our Pre-MPA concert on March 6th, Concert MPA on March 9th, and of course at the Winter Guard regionals that we attend. FOCUS your energy towards SUCCESS!!!

Keep the March 23rd and March 24th State Jazz and Solo Festival and UCF Jazz Festival on your mind! More details to follow soon.

Winter Guard rehearses 6-9 Monday, 3-6 Tuesday this week, Regional on Saturday. Keep your amazing results coming! Work Hard to get better.

SIGN UP FOR BAND, RECRUIT. See me for signatures.

Enjoy your Sunday. We are leaving to go on a Dolphin cruise to celebrate my daughter's birthday! See you tomorrow!

Ron Lambert
Director
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

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*There is a date typo on the MMN. The days and performances are correct, but in one of the paragraphs I typed Thursday the 27th. Tuesday is the 27th, Thursday is March 1st.

1. We are hosting the Nolan MS concert here on Tuesday, February 27th
2. The Drum Majors, Color Guard and Drumline are performing at Nolan MS on Thursday, March 1st

Sorry!