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North Lamar Band Returns With Class 4A State Bronze

The Band begins preparing for Veterans Day program and Fiddler on the Roof

The North Lamar High School Band finishes the UIL State Marching Band contest with a strong third place in Class 4A.

“We are very proud of our students’ performances at the UIL State Marching Band Championships,” said North Lamar Associate Band Director Jason R. Smith.  “Over 160 bands in Class 4A began the competition season and to finish third is a testament to their hard work and diligence throughout the season. We had so many people in our community, school and parents that supported us, and without their love and support we couldn’t achieve the level we did.”

          North Lamar began competing in the state preliminary round at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  They finished first in prelims before going on to compete in finals at 8:45 p.m.

“UIL uses two different judging panels for prelims and finals, and the scores in prelims and in finals showed it was pretty much agreed on Canton, who finished first, Argyle, who finished second, and us had separated ourselves from everyone else, and it was just the judges preference for the medals,” said Smith.  “The scores were very tight between those three schools. It is great to be in that position and see the admiration for our students’ hard work and performances.”

“Randy Jones, Cristian Gomez, Justin Caldwell, Roderick Boyce, Gina Ervin and I want to thank the parents, our school administration, the North Lamar School Board, athletic department, the Paris Band and athletic department, and the entire community that has shown support for both the Paris High School Band and North Lamar High School Band in this journey. We have some of the best kids in the state here in Lamar County.”

North Lamar’s directors and students have little time before preparing for the NLHS Beta Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 12.  Many of the members are also performing in the NLHS Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof on November 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  Reserved and general admission tickets may be purchased by calling 903.737.2003 x 1030 or by emailing Terry Price at tprice@northlamar.net.

Veterans and active members of the military are invited for a breakfast reception beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday in the library.  At 9:00 activities will move to the high school gym where guest speakers Marine Corps Veteran Richard K. McIntire Jr. and Major Branden Felker will address veterans, active military personnel, and the community.   The NLHS Band and Choir will be performing a number of patriotic selections, and members of the Beta Club will pin veterans and members of the military in a pinning ceremony.  The public is invited to attend.