North Lamar will cheer on the band as they leave for state tomorrow morning beginning at 8:15 a.m.
From behind the high school, the band will head toward Stone where they will take a left to go in front of Bailey.
They will take a left at maintenance and head to Higgins then back to Everett going between the baseball and football fields.
Paris and North Lamar Marching Bands are heading to the State UIL Finals in San Antonio Tuesday morning and locals are coming together to give them the send-off they deserve.
Parents, teachers, local law enforcement, fire departments and more plan to line up on Hwy 24 (just past the loop) around 7:45 a.m. to honk their car horns and cheer both bands off. Both bands will leave their parking lots at 8 a.m.
“We want to thank the community, parents, school staff, and administration for their support with donations, volunteering of time to help, and understanding as the students and directors spend many hours practicing to represent our community,” said North Lamar Band Booster President Diedra Rast. “It’s not just about a music program, it is about instilling responsibility, good work ethic, learning to work and care for others, building positive relationships and pride in a job well done,” added Rast.
North Lamar’s band director Jason Smith agreed with Rast and said, “We want to thank our students, parents and school community for supporting and helping us through this year with all the weather issues. We would also like to thank Arron Emmeyabbi and Steven Hohenberger for helping us and Paris HS bands with using stadiums and indoor facilities for practices. They have bent over backward for the bands.”
Paris High School Band Booster President Jodi Andoe said, “After our first visit to state two years ago, our kids and directors have been focused on getting back to San Antonio. It goes without saying that our kids have worked incredibly hard and deserve the opportunity to shine in the Alamodome in front of their largest crowd ever. Our band directors work tirelessly, motivating and molding students to not only be the best marching band but to be successful in life.”
Finally, Paris High School band director said, “I am extremely proud of our students and directors who worked so hard to make this opportunity available to us. I am also indebted to our amazing booster organization who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our students have what they need to be successful. We are proud to represent Paris HS and all of the Wildcat Blue Blazes Band Alumni who have proceeded us.”
All are invited to join sending off our local bands as they head to state.
PHOTO: Joe Watson Photography.