How does the LHS Band prepare for school?

The start of the season

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How does the LHS Band prepare for school?

The band plays the national anthem to start the first home football game as the sun sets behind them. The band has been practicing since the end of July so they can play their show

The band plays the national anthem to start the first home football game as the sun sets behind them. The band has been practicing since the end of July so they can play their show "British Invasion".

Dr. Brad Armstrong

The band plays the national anthem to start the first home football game as the sun sets behind them. The band has been practicing since the end of July so they can play their show "British Invasion".

Dr. Brad Armstrong

Dr. Brad Armstrong

The band plays the national anthem to start the first home football game as the sun sets behind them. The band has been practicing since the end of July so they can play their show "British Invasion".

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The thrill, the adrenaline running through your body, clenching your fists waiting for your name. “The winner for Carthage preliminary competition is…..LEBANON” The whole band screams as they jump up and down. All of them smiling and holding the trophy. That right there, are the thoughts running through band kids’ heads at the beginning of the school year.

“If you’re early, you’re on time, if you’re on time, you’re late, if you’re late, you missed the moment,” says band director, Aaron Stewart.

It is very important to show up for something early, it shows good character, reliance, and determination. Plus, if you are late you have to run a lap around the band even if we are moving. If you can’t make it, communication can be a lifesaver.

“Band Camp starts July 29th. Be there early,” Stewart said during the June rehearsals.

The school year for the band starts in the middle of July. Sounds terrible right? Actually, besides being there at 7 am-4 pm in the heat, it isn’t that bad. The jokes nobody gets, the unspeakable things that happen, the laughs shared are the most cherished.

“Hit…..Hit….Hit….Hit” shouts the LHS Band.

The week of the first football game, everyone is excited. The band marches down the field to play the National Anthem, the crowd cheers when they are done. The first football game is the start of a refreshing year. Working up to that moment since July, the countless hours of marching in the heat, helping freshman march, with maybe one water break. It makes you feel great when you notice that you have gotten that far. That breath of relief you take when you put your horns down after the last note. After the first game, it all goes by quickly like the snapping of fingers.

The LHS Band cheers, “Bulldogs for breakfast, Bulldogs for lunch, Bulldogs for dinner, Munch, munch, much”

Smiles on everyone’s faces, laughing and cheering, the whole band playing the fight song. It’s time. The first real performance of the season. The band goes behind the bleachers and practices. They get in line to go to the field. Walking up to the field, hearts beating out of their chests. The lights shining above them.

“Na, NaNa, Nananana, Nananana, Hey Jude….”,the band sings.

It’s almost the end. The last movement. 152 beats per minute. Queen Opener, the whole crowd singing along with the music. This is by far the best music they have played in a long time, music the crown knows and enjoys. The last note. The snapping of horns down, it’s the end. The crowd cheering in joy. As they march off the field, every member is smiling in relief.

“You did it, and you did it well, great job out there,” Stewart says proudly to the band.

Running up to the school to change, excited for pep band. No matter how good or fun the show is, the pep band is what the LHS band looks forward to the most.

“WHO’S THE BEST BAND? LEBANON…..LEBANON…..LEBANON”