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The 2011 Seven Lakes High School Spartan Band & Guard will hold its inaugural Spartan March-a-thon Parade on Saturday, Aug. 27 with the goal of entertaining local supporters and raising funds for its 2011-2012 season. The parade is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Central Park in Phase III of Grand Lakes (intersection of Rainwood Park Lane and Emily Park Lane).

The 300-member band will march through portions of Grand Lakes in the morning, followed by lunch at Beckendorff Junior High School. The parade will continue in the afternoon through portions of Cinco Ranch and Seven Meadows, ending at 4 p.m. at Seven Lakes High School.

For a $100 minimum donation, the band will play a private concert in front of your home or at a location of your choosing along the parade route. Persons interested in the mini-concerts can sign up at www.slhsband.org.

The band also will take donations along the parade route during the March-a-thon. All funds support the Seven Lakes High School Band & Guard program, including items such as instruments, equipment, transportation, entry fees, and music clinicians. The SLHS Band Booster Association is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donation receipts will be available upon request for your tax records.

“Safety is a priority, so we will be working with local law enforcement and the local fire department to secure our route. Students will be marching at a leisurely pace with frequent water breaks,” says Damon Archer, director of bands, Seven Lakes High School.

The Seven Lakes High School Band has received numerous UIL Sweepstakes awards and has performed at Chicago Symphony Hall in Chicago and Meyerson Hall in Dallas. Since the school’s opening in 2005, the band has grown from 72 members to more than 300 members, with five concert bands, two jazz bands, two colorguard teams, a competition marching band, a halftime marching band, and a full orchestra.

The band and colorguard participated in the 2011 Pre-Game festivities at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and, along with the Taylor High School band, was the recipient of the first ever KatyONE Award from Katy ISD. The motto of KatyONE community is very important to the band’s mission, and drives the SLHS band’s commitment to the Katy community, and its music students and families. Visit www.slhsband.org for more information.

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