10/23/18 MMNs Week 11

Hello Band Family!

Congrats for all that you continue to achieve: you have flourished in very difficult times! There's so much to be proud of......

No time to rest however! We are working hard to get better in all of our classes and our marching band improves every day. Congratulations to the MMB for a 4th straight Braden River Grand Championship!!! Bravo Band.

Every year I am honored to nominate LRHS band kids for two prestigious honor bands, the USF Festival of Winds and the FSU Tri-State Festival. Those students exemplify quality musicianship, a high level of music reading ability, participation in solo and ensemble, take the initiative to participate in honor band and All-State Auditions and are from grades 10-12. Congratulations to this year's nominees: Scott Baker, Ethan Horn, Eric Miller, Hannah Miller, Victoria Pugh, Emma Tullio, Caroline Odell, Trey Thompson, Quinn Mitchel, Grace Hagopian, Olivia Karow, Emily Chandler, Sarah Dobbelaire, Sophie Botko, Chloe Armentrout, Madi McCoy, Jack Beatenhead and Matt Shelton. Students chosen from this group will be announced this afternoon!

We are the hosts of the FBA Marching MPA this weekend – signups for band guides are almost filled and set-up/tear-down crews register tonight at rehearsal. Get your community service hours now!!

As I explained to our band classes (and the reason for the MMN delay), I wanted to make an informed decision regarding the Sarasota game. Friday night will not only be wet weather, but heavy downpours and lightning are associated with the hurricane bands that are forecasted to reach the gulf. I won't lease trucks and buses and risk your safety and the equipment. A 60% chance is too strong with all of those stakes. We will have a thorough music rehearsal here at the Ranch and then rest up for the long Saturday to come.

MPA is very important tradition here at LRHS – let's work hard to have our very best performance Mustangs!

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Ron Lambert Director Lakewood Ranch HS Bands