Chloe Nelson– Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS was awarded the Florida Music Education Association High School Enrollment award this past weekend due to the large number of music students enrolled this year.
About 32% of LRHS’s students are currently enrolled in musical classes such as choir, acapella, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, keyboard, guitar, and men’s chorus. These classes wouldn’t be possible without the help of teachers around campus.
Band director Ron Lambert, assistant band director Kristin Greene, choir and acapella teacher Giselle Panagiotakis, keyboard teacher Rebekah Lester, and orchestra teacher Daniel Shafer have all contributed to the musical programs at LRHS.
Participating in Musical Performance Assessments (MPAs), travelling to New York and Disney for performances, and winning multiple awards have shaped the music department of LRHS. Most students are happy they chose musical electives.
Junior Claudia Estevez loves the opportunities orchestra has given her. “It’s a good elective, because you get to expand your knowledge of music and gain confidence from performing so much,” Estevez said.
Junior Kenzie Horner loves her band family and the skills she has learned in the past two years. “I regret not joining freshman year, because color guard has given me new friends, leadership skills, and teamwork skills,” Horner said.
Shafer is hoping more students will join next year, but not because of the award. “This award is not meant to persuade students to join. However, the classes are supposed to intrigue the student, so they become interested and driven to success,” said Shafer.