LHS band getting bigger and better

Posted 11/18/22

LaBelle High School (LHS) band students were recognized at the Nov. 16 meeting ...

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LHS band getting bigger and better

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LABELLE – LaBelle High School (LHS) band students were recognized at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Hendry County School Board.

“Our marching band has grown substantially under the direction of our wonderful director Alexander Burden ,” said LHS Principal Tammy Bass.

Last year the band had 44 students. This year it has 144 students participating. The marching band has also grown. Last year the marching band had 37 members; this year it has 66 members.

The LHS Cowboy Band made a clean sweep at the Heartland Marching Band Festival on Nov. 12, taking home all five trophies: Best Winds, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Spirit Award and Leadership Award.

Band students have earned a number of honors. Michael Stuhlman was selected for All-State on saxophone in 2022 and 2023. Ten LHS students were selected for the 2022 Heartland Honor Band. Eight LHS students were selected for 2022 UCF Knights Rising. Eight LHS students were selected for 2022 USF Festival of Winds.

As community service, the band raised $2,700 in October to benefit the music programs in Lee and Charlotte counties that experienced losses due to Hurricane Ian.

In other business at the meeting, Amanda Nelson was elected as chairman of the Hendry County School Board and Dwayne Brown elected vice chairman.

Hendry County School Board members who won the 2022 elections --  Amanda Nelson, Stephanie Busin and Jon Basquin -- were sworn in at the start meeting.

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