Csenge Csicsek – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Throughout the years, LRHS has hosted very successful performing arts programs and classes. Here is a reflection throughout the years of why and how LRHS has a very strong arts program.
The Band, Marching Mustangs, and Color Guard, led today by LRHS band director Ron Lambert, has often been in the spotlight as well.
Senior Ted Robinson has been in band for all four years of high school. He said practice and preparation are the keys to the program’s success.
“On Fridays we have games to play at and some Saturdays we have band camp,” he said. “Band camps usually are either from 9a.m. – 5p.m., 12p.m. – 4p.m., or 12p.m. – 8p.m.” After school practices may also be held three times a week.
Junior Kenzie Beck has been doing Color Guard for three years.
She said, “Color Guard has improved my life in so many ways. It’s more than just a sport, it’s a family, it’s a release of all the negativity, and it’s a place where anyone can belong. I believe that is beautiful. We add all the visuals and we make music come alive for even the deaf to see, and that’s beautiful.”
Bands have received numerous awards for “Best Percussion”, “Best General Effect”, “Best Music”, “Best Visual and Best Color Guard”, and “First Place in 4A Class” with a score of 71.550 in previous years.
Bands also have travelled to many locations to show off LRHS’s talents and spirit:
- Lake Nona High School to receive 50 superiors.
- Universal Studios and Disney in March 2017
- Tropicana Dome to be awarded as a finalist in the top five, receiving fourth
- West Coast Invitational Competition in Tampa.
The MustAng Capella have been very successful in scoring memorable opportunities with large crowds. Here are just a few events that have gotten LRHS’ name mentioned:
- Traveling to New York in 2017 to perform at Carnegie Hall.
- Performing the National Anthem at the Tampa Bay Ray’s baseball home game against the Texas Rangers.
- Singing the National Anthem at the Buccaneers game in 2018.
- Performing with world-famous band Foreigner at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in March 2018.
The LRHS orchestra is led by director Daniel Shafer. Combining string instruments to make a beautiful melodic sound is the key to a successful orchestra group.
“Practice is key,” said freshman Sammy Sammons.
- Orchestra have performed at the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) for a state competition in 2018.
- Orchestra has made states several time in the past years.
- The ensemble has been to McKechnie Park in Bradenton in the “Concert in the Park.”
Roxanne Caravan is the leader of the school’s drama department.
The Mustang Players have been successful over the years. They have traveled to New York to perform their original musical, “Exhibit of the Mind” in 2017.
Some previous shows were, “Shrek – The Musical”, “Addams Family”, and “Lion King.”