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Alfred Watkins tribute now on the band website: http://t.co/1eoKzMcL0A check out the front page.
Planning a "huge" event for Mr. Watkins retirement. If you want in, register @ http://t.co/GihWcXEEnt
Band Banquet 2013. http://t.co/Dv94Gv2gK4
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Rookie Camp Info
This year's "Rookie Camp" will be on May 28-30 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We encourage ay incoming freshman or first year marcher to attend.
Please don't forget:
**Students may not leave campus during rookie camp or any other organized practice or camp**
Parents, please download the forms under the quick links portion of the band homepage and bring them to camp. The forms include:
Please also bring a copy of a current insurance card (front and back).
Don't forget about the metting on May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lassiter band room. We cannot treat any child without the proper consent and paperwork.
Spring Fling Concert
The evening began with a pre-concert picnic in the courtyard at 5:00 p.m. There were grills where supporters brought tables, chairs, and food. The jazz band played a diverse selection from hard bop to afro-Cuban as visitors had a wonderful opportunity to sit and chat with friends, eat, and enjoy the spring weather.
After eating and enjoying the jazz band, patrons entered the concert hall for a night of wonderful music by the Lassiter bands and small ensembles.
There were lovely keepsake programs available. The concert concluded with a rousing rendition of Alfred Reed's Russian Christmas Music with antiphonal brass. The expanded ensemble included members of the top three bands at Lassiter and the Cobb Wind Symphony.
Immediately following the concert was an afterglow reception honoring Mr. Watkins, his current students, and the graduating seniors. Everyone enjoyed cake and punch. Overall, we had a lovely time as we had a send off for Mr. Watkins
Tournament of Roses Photo Album
The Tournament of Roses photo album is now available. This 48 page, professionally bound album contains hundreds of photos from multiple photographers. We have a limited number of albums available for $25, so please get yours early. Albums will be available at the LBBA general meeting on April 22, a night of percussion on April 23, the spring concert on May 10, and at the band banquet on May 18.
Don't Wait Until Next Year!
Rena Morgan and Sandy Bonsall are already hard at work planning the 2013 Lassiter Showcase. Since most of their time will be spent organizing this exciting event, LBBA needs committee chairs for Recycling, Scrip, and Spiritwear now. Please consider leading these committees into the next band season. E-mail Recyling, Scrip and/or Spiritwear for more information.
All-State Band Members
We congratulate the Lassiter HIgh students selected for the 2013 All-State Band and commend them for their hard work and dedication.
Lassiter Band Featured on Atlanta News
Lassiter Band in Daily Journal
On January 1, Lassiter will be the only high school band from Georgia participating in the 104th Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena. Estimates are that the parade will be viewed by over one billion people around the world. The director of bands at Lassiter High School, Alfred L. Watkins, is making his fourth trip with the Marching Trojan Band to the Tournament of Roses in 25 years. Details of this story may be seen on the Marietta Daily Journal website.
Lassiter Graduate Wins Audition
2003 Lassiter graduate and trumpet player, Chris Watkins, has been selected as a member of the prestigious "Pershing's Own" United States Army band of Washington D.C. As a member of "Pershing's Own" Chris is recognized as one of the finest trumpet players in the country and will serve his country as a member of this elite ensemble. Congratulations, Chris.
Alfred Watkins Receives National Award
Recently, there were over 850 votes cast as a part of a national ballot process to choose the Leader of the Band: America's Most Admired Directors award. It is essentially the "People's Choice" of band directing awards.
Congratulations to Mr. Watkins on this fabulous honor.
Lassiter Graduate Wins Contest
Viet Cuong, a 2008 Lassiter graduate, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Walter Beeler Memorial composition contest for his wind band composition "Sound and Smoke." Viet is quoted as saying, "It’s super weird for me to look at all the past winners…many of them are composers I looked up to when I started composing, and whose scores I studied when writing Ziggurat and Sound and Smoke. Thank you so much to every conductor, performer, listener, and teacher who has been involved with this piece so far! I really cannot thank you enough."
We are so proud of Viet and his musical accomplishments and pursuits after graduating from Lassiter. The composition "Sound and Smoke" will be played on March 1 and March 2 by the Ithaca Wind Ensemble under the baton of Dr. Steve Peterson. Congratulations, Viet.
Congratulations Lassiter High School Band!
The Lassiter High School band are grand champions of the 31st LaFayette Marching Classic which was held in Fayetteville, Georgia. The band received top honors in music, visual, and general effect. The band was also best in class and received the grand championship trophy with a final's score of 96.30.