10/14/18 MMNs Week 10

Hello Mustangs

Enjoy your extended weekend, you deserve it.

  1. Middle School Band Night was a huge success!

  2. Band Classes continue to grow – keep it up!

  3. Adversity has been a theme thus far and you have handled yourselves well. I am so Proud of you.

  4. Let's Go MMB! BOA Orlando was an amazing, new experience for our band family. VIRTUEosity is just starting to take flight! Your hard work over the next month will make a difference. You have so many more performances ahead so take it all in and resolve to be BETTER. One would be mistaken to think that you are even close to where you will be......your ATTITUDE determines your ALTITUDE.

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Ron Lambert Director Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

10/7/18 MMNs Week 9

Hi Mustangs!

LOTS of information in this weeks edition – lots going on. Please take some time to read and PREPARE. Surprises will overwhelm you with a rigorous schedule like ours! Reach out with any questions.

Check the New BOA Orlando 2018 Folder here in CHARMS for insight into the venue and schedule for our exciting Saturday competition! As always, more details will follow but there is a wealth of stuff there already! It will be a life-changing experience for you! Our band on a Grand Stage!

Friday is Middle School Band Night. We will have over 300 band kids in the stands here cheering our football team on! Don't miss it! If you have a 7th or 8th grader they should be here to experience a truly great youth activity. WE ARE WEARING PINK CANCER AWARENESS TEE SHIRTS AND SHORTS FOR THE GAME. Kids will receive them prior to rehearsal Friday. They will be collected after the game so plan on wearing a teeshirt underneath.

Let's Goooo!

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Ron Lambert Director Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

9/30/18 MMNs Week 8


I continue to be amazed by your determination. This band is comprised of a STRONG group of student musicians and performers. We are supported by a loving community of loved ones and Alumni.

I have one thing to say: Let's Gooooo!!!! The FUNdamentals period that began in for us in April is transitioning – Performance Season begins this week and doesn't let up until Spring Concerts and Recitals! It's time to show what you got Mustangs!

Read the MMN – post the MMN. There are LOTS of details and they are all important.

For your MMNs, please click HERE

Ron Lambert Director

Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

CORRECTION: Among the hundreds of deletes and calculations I make while composing the MMN, I missed an important detail. Initially I had report time at 12:30, as I worked my way down, in order to add Dinner time at Seminole I had to move the other times back but didn't get up to the first paragraph. Sorry.

On Saturday, the Band Room opens and Officers report at 11:30, Report time is 12 Noon.

9/23/18 MMNs Week 7

Thank You Band for serving so selflessly yesterday. It is one thing to say you will be there for someone in their time of need, it's another to follow through. Your efforts are felt and appreciated by so many! Please enjoy your family and friends the remainder of the weekend.

Special thanks to Mrs. Greene for assisting all of our All-State candidates today. Congratulations to you Mustangs!

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Ron Lambert
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

9/17/18 Memorial Services for Matt Powers

Memorial Services for Matt Powers - 9/21-22/18

Service times are:

Visitation - Friday, September 21, 5-8PM
Funeral Service-Saturday, September 22, 3PM
Location for both: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch 

(SW intersection of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and SR70)

The Marching Mustang Band will play at the conclusion of Matt’s service this Saturday. The Sign-Up sheet is posted on the band room door. Report times and travel arrangements will be posted once the sign-up process has ended (at the end of tomorrow’s rehearsal).

This will be a purely VOLUNTARY engagement. There is no obligation to participate; please feel free to attend the services as a non-playing member. We will honor Matt by playing the Alma Mater and then we will celebrate him by playing The Horse!

Performance Attire: 
Band - 
Full Uniforms, Show Shirts, Band Shoes, Long Black Socks, Gloves, SHAKOSGuard - Friday Nights/Keds

9/16/18 MMNs Week 6

Hello Mustangs

I am so sorry. Matt’s loss is still so fresh, raw and painful. We need to be together to begin the healing process. Our band family is a rock! We need to be there for the Powers family. I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow. Mrs. Greene and I, Principal Little and his team, and vast counseling resources will be there for you!

I’m sending out the week in bullet points knowing that there are discussions to be had, and many many many feelings to consider. We will talk and then I will publish a full Monday music notes tomorrow evening. 

As you can imagine, there has not been a whole lot of sleep and with prior events of the week some scary moments. Turn to your family and in times of turmoil, love them even more. I’m glad I was able to today. I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t positive I would be able to just a few short days ago. My doctor had some tough talk for me. Thanks for your support and performances Friday past and present MMB!

Week at a Glance:
Tuesday - Rehearsal 6-9pm
Thursday - Group, section and individual pictures 3-4:30pm
Thursday - Color Guard rehearsal 6-8 pm
Thursday - All-State Recital in the 500 bldg 6-8pm
Friday - Rehearsal 3-7pm
Saturday - All-State auditions
Saturday - Matt Powers services (volunteer group of LRHS MMB performs)

DETAILS for all of the above will be published tomorrow. 

Good Night,
Mr. Lambert

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Remembering Matt Powers

Hello to all of you in Mustang Bandland. I apologize for the late post. It is with a very heavy heart and with the blessing of the family that I must announce the passing of Sophomore Clarinet Matt Powers. His life was taken in an automobile accident on SR 64 and Pope earlier this evening that also involved another as of yet unidentified teenager. I do not know the condition of that young person. 

I am humbled and honored that the family chose us to respect his memory. I am humbled and honored to have spent countless days and hours watching Matt grow (not only as a musician but as a young man and in height - about 6 inches in a year!). I am humbled and honored because his dad told me tonight that band was the one thing that truly made Matt happy.

I Love You All; Students, Parents, and Alumni. Our Band Family is special, it is real and it is yours. There is no way to explain the feelings that will rush over us and through YOU in the coming days. There will be counselors and support structures in place when we get to school Monday to assist with our grief. The Band Room will be open to you. It is your home and a place where you can be safe.

The Mustang Band Family will be strong for the Powers family. We will support them and love them, and when the time comes, we will take part in his memorial. Please stay connected as those details become available. Please join in a collective prayer for comfort and peace. Please hold on to each other tighter than ever because Matt Powers would want that. He loved being a Mustang Band Kid! 

My email address is lambertr@manateeschools.net, my cell phone is 813-767-2465. If you need me or anything, contact me. I am staying connected to Mr. Powers and am taking his lead throughout the coming days. Our outward actions will take place accordingly.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Lambert

9/10/18 MMNs Week 5

Good Morning, It's Homecoming Week!!!

ALUMNI - you are receiving this week's MMN because we want to see YOU at the GAME!! We want you to jam all night in the stands with us and see what the 2018 MMB is up to! These kids can play. Please Arrive at the band room at 6pm to receive an instrument, stretch those hamstrings and warm up those chops!! You're not as young as you used to be :)  I can't wait to see you.

Thanks to the many helping hands the made our trip to Southeast HS successful. We thrive because of your support.

Formal Wear fitting tomorrow. BRING YOUR CHECK.

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Ron Lambert
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

8/26/18 MMN Week 3

Hello Mustangs

Thanks for a GREAT weekend filled with Friday Night Lights excitement and Saturday Pageantry. What a Band!!!! 

Please take a moment and read every detail of the MMN. I have made a few changes to the schedule that I am sure will benefit all of you: I always listen, consider and observe so that your experience can be the best. We work hard, but managing a class schedule, activities (such as band) and family/fun prepares you for success in life. You Can Do It!

We take VIRTUEosity on the road this week as we travel to Bayshore HS. Panels and the Piano will be in as well as uniforms so the show is really taking shape!

Let's have another great week Mustangs!

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Ron Lambert
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands



8/19/18 MMN Week 2

Good Evening Mustangs

It's a game Week!!!! It's a Camp week! We are getting better every day! READ your MMN. Post the things that you need to in order to stay organized and informed. Here we Go!

A HUGE Thank You to the LRBBA volunteers that were with us this past week fitting uniforms, fixing props, taking pictures and everything else that helps our kids have a great band experience. We couldn't do this like this without YOU!!!!

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Ron Lambert
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

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
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
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands

7/7/18 MMN Summer Edition!


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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Lakewood Ranch HS Bands