A trio of bands performed last night (2.24.20) at LMPS (Lakeland Middle Preparatory School) during the Mid-Winter Concert in the Gymnasium.
Brent Hopper, band director, led the Beginning, Jazz and Concert bands in a variety of musical pieces for overflowing bleachers of family and friends at the middle school.
First up was Beginning Band with Mr. Hopper bragging the students are a hard-working class and wonderful. He noted the students were performing skills they just learned in August when they joined the Band.
The Jazz Band came next and Mr. Hopper said they are the 7 o’clock band because they practice Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
During a short intermission, Ashley Red, Band Booster president, gave an update on the Patron of the Arts Fundraiser. To date, she said, $1,290 has been raised. Donations can be made via PayPal via https://www.paypal.me/LMPSBand or mail a check payable to the LMPS Band Boosters to Lakeland Middle Preparatory School, Attn: LMPS Band Boosters, 5020 Lions Crest Drive, Lakeland, TN 38002.
Mr. Hopper said the Band just received a 32-inch timpani drum, to complete this set of drums. He said this is an example of Band Booster money at work. “Our goal is to get quality instruments in the hands of students for a very quickly growing band.”
Link to Google album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/V4JupZNdkD2DWxax5
Following a break, the Concert Band presented four pieces including two pieces the Band will perform during the Concert Festival performance March 10th at West Collierville Middle School. During the regional Festival, students will play two prepared pieces and will then be given five minutes to view a new piece and perform.
Mr. Hopper said the Concert Band is primarily 7th and 8th grade students.
… Photos by Jim Willis, Lakeland Currents