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May 26, 2011 - The Leonard Tiger Band Boosters and Band Directors organized the annual Band Banquet this past Monday evening. Attendees enjoyed a barbecue dinner, the recognition of several groups for their successes throughout the year, the presentation of awards in both the high school and junior high, the announcement of next year's leadership team (see pictures at left) and a slideshow highlighting the year's activities.

In addition to the students receiving awards, Band Director Jennifer Stidham presented Booster Club President Kyle Brown with a Booster Member of the Year award for his work during the year. A trio of students also presented Jennifer and Matt Stidham with a "night out" basket, complete with movie tickets, restaurant gift card, popcorn, coffee, etc.

"They talk about how we work hard, but they spend a bazillion hours up here, and have no life outside," said Junior April Jones.

"So this is to give them a night out away from the kids," said Senior Jordan Jones, with a giggle.

Stidham concluded the evening with an announcement that the students had all been waiting for - what is on the agenda for next year's marching show. The crowd was pleased to learn that after months of being tugged in several directions, the Stidhams are working with a third party - their neighbor - and having the music written original for the band to coordinate with the theme "This Land". This will be yet another history-making event for the band under the Stidhams direction. "This Land' will feature music of various styles from U.S. locations that are generally traveled to on family vacations, including The Grand Canyon, St. Louis, Mo., New York City, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.

Pictured are the 2011-12 LHS Band Leadership Team (front row, from left) Emily McDonald - historian, April Jones - color guard captain, Rachel Branch - librarian, (second row) Bailey Anderson - vice-president, Elise Hamilton - quartermaster, Owen Brown - chaplain, (back row) Morgan Butler - color guard lieutenant, Jackie Jones - president, and Nicholas Hetherington - secretary/treasurer.

Receiving "Most Outstanding" awards at Monday night's band banquet in the high school were (front row, from left) Emily McDonald - Band Member of the Year, April Jones - Most Outstanding Junior, Julie Harvey - Most Outstanding Brass, (second row) Amy Grier - Rookie of the Year, Rachel Branch - Most Outstanding Freshman, (back row) Owen Brown - Most Outstanding Percussion, Brooke Kay - Most Outstanding Woodwind and Most Outstanding Senior, and Jackie Jones - Most Outstanding Sophomore.

Receiving "Most Outstanding" awards at Monday night's band banquet in the junior high were (front row, from left) Carlee Martin - Most Outstanding Seventh Grader, Brandon Scoggins - Most Outstanding Seventh Grader and Most Outstanding Brass, (back row) Amy Grier - Most Outstanding Woodwind, Caroline Broadway - Most Outstanding Eighth Grader, and Daniel Buckaloo - Most Outstanding Percussion. Not pictured - Most Outstanding Sixth Graders Makinzie Gentry and Adeline Parish.

Brooke Kay was presented with the John Philip Sousa Award at the band banquet Monday, as well as fellow member Wesley Orr, who was not present at the banquet due to UIL competition. Orr was also announced as the Tiger Pride Award winner.

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