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Blessings Come to NLHS Band

NLHS Band AwardsThe North Lamar High School Marching Band experienced another great year of competition with its show “Blessings.” The music is an arrangement of a variety of sources: Old Hundredth, The Doxology, Jesus Joy of Man’s Desire, Pachelbel’s Cannon in D, and some original music by Steve Vento, who put the woodwind and brass music together, and John Theissen, who wrote the percussion music.  This year’s marching design was done by NLHS Associate Band Director Jason Smith.

“The show design, from the music to the drill, costumes and choreography of the color-guard, all have come together to put a beautiful production on the field for our students and audiences,” said Smith.  “It was a joy all season to see it all come together.”  

The percussion began the band’s season on September 21 with a competition in McKinney at the North Texas Drum Line contest where they placed third in class. A week later they placed second in class at the Plano Drum-Line competition.

The full marching band then went to Denton to the Golden Triangle Marching Band contest on October 5th.  There the band was awarded Best in Class for their prelims performance and finished eighth overall in finals against all bands in all classes. 

The following weekend on October 12 the band competed at the Little Elm Marching Classic on the Lake contest where they placed third in class.  Additionally, they were awarded “Outstanding Music” and “Outstanding General Effect” in class.  The NLHS Marching Band finished fourth overall in finals against all bands in all classes.

North Lamar’s Marching Band competed in Mt. Pleasant at the UIL Region 4 Marching contest.  They earned the highest rating available, a Superior, from all three judges. 

“We were so excited all season with our students’ work ethic and the audience response to our show.  It was a great pleasure to work on and see how much everyone enjoyed it,” said NLHS Band Director Randy Jones.

Pictured with this season’s trophies are the North Lamar High School Band seniors.  Seated in the front from left are Jamie Ellis, Katherine Neuse, Nhi Son, Rebekah Wiley, Bonnie McIlyar, and Alecia Bishop.  North Lamar’s three Drum Majors standing behind the trophies are Taylor Reavis, Victoria White, and Emily McIlyar.  In back from left are Benjamin Drake, Bailey Bolton, Chad Kautz, Joseph Beshirs, Lane Pierce, Conner Johnson, Brock Dority, Stetson Henderson, Mitchell Lacey, Dylan Jaco, Kreagan Scott, Molly Denman, Hailey Blount, Kathleen Dawson, and Erin Stone.

The Panther Press