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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS is saying goodbye to one of its most honored and respected teachers, band director Ron Lambert.
Lambert has been teaching at LRHS for 15 years, building a successful marching band, jazz band, and concert band. He says his time at LRHS has allowed him to understand the work parents put in to their children’s lives.
“The thing I’ve learned most about here is the value of involved and engaged parenting,” said Lambert.
When asked what he will miss the most, the answer was simple, “the students.”
The band director opened up about why he chose to take the position at Manatee’s newest high school, Parrish Community High School.
“It wasn’t easy, because 15 years is a long time and a major chunk of my life. However, this opportunity allows me to oversee the success of the band, orchestra, and choir programs with the role of fine arts department chair,” Lambert said.
This position will also allow Lambert to be closer to his family.
“The Lakewood Ranch program has taken a significant amount of sweat,” he explained. “I plan on working just as hard at the new school, because I don’t know how not to.”
Lambert wanted to leave behind a piece of wisdom for his students and band family.
“The importance of knowing that it is fun to be good, but it’s good to be fun is what I want people to take away from this all,” he said, “We have been able to balance excellence and a quality teenage high school experience, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Although he is sad to leave, Lambert is looking forward to his new position.
“Opening a new school is exciting, because it means you build tradition from the ground up. I had a similar experience in starting the University of South Florida band, and it is a lot of fun,” he said.