Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-The LRHS band program has been busy performing and practicing.
The Marching Mustangs completed their first mini-camp of the season from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on May 6, 2017, at LRHS.
All 2017 marchers and new marchers attended to improve their musical skills and learn marching basics. The musicians split into sectionals, marched on the football field under the hot sun, and played as an ensemble or with the whole band together. Throughout the mini-camp, the Marching Mustangs worked with tireless enthusiasm and a will to get better.
“The camp was amazing and I had a great time. Everyone in my section worked together very well and seemed like they had fun,” said freshman saxophone player Ethan Horn.
The mini-camp was important because it established the foundation for the marching season in the fall.
Meanwhile, the LRHS Percussion and Color Guard recital took place on May 8, 2017, and the LRHS Concert and Jazz Bands’ Spring Concert was on May 9, 2017, both in the auditorium.
The LRHS Spring Concert was the concert band’s final performance of the year, and the recital was important because it showed off the talented percussionists and Color Guard members of the LRHS Band Program.
In addition, Awards Night occurred May 11, 2017 to recognize the band’s hard work throughout the year and to say “goodbye” to the seniors. With a reception in the band room, the musician’s collected the awards in the auditorium.
The LRHS Band Program is always working hard, whether it be at the FUNdamentals nights, when new marchers and veterans learn marching band basics, or concert performances, the evidence of which can be seen at Awards Night.
“This time of year is always tough for me because while we are striving to finish on a high point, I’m also getting next year up and running. I think that we are doing a great job of that because the Spring Concert went very well, Awards Night was great, and all of the FUNdamentals camps were a huge success,” said band director Ron Lambert.