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LamJam ready to rock Saturday

Annual fundraiser backs school band

POSTED: September 14, 2012 12:30 a.m.
 

Lambert High School will be jamming Saturday for the school’s third annual Family Music Festival.

In what has become known as LamJam, the festival boasts nine local bands and its first nationally recognized act, Junior Doctor, which recently took part in the Warped Tour.

“The genres range from classic rock cover bands to bluegrass to contemporary Christian,” said Scott McCloy, the school’s band director. “So it’s music for the entire family.”

The event, which began as an Eagle Scout project, is helping the band program pay down debt.

“Starting a school in an economic downturn … the band had to accrue a $120,000 debt to provide instruments to field a marching band so that the students could have a full music program from day one,” McCloy said.

Thanks to funds raised through LamJam, the program is about two years shy of being debt free, McCloy said.

But the music festival also benefits the whole community.

“The Gwinnett side of Suwanee has different music festivals … but this side [of the community] in Forsyth County has never had anything like that,” he said.

“So the first thing this does is to expose music and arts to this side the county and be a place where local bands can play, get discovered and get heard by the people in the community and to offer a free event for people to come out and enjoy these different musicians and crafts vendors.”

The event is free, but concessions, crafts and children’s activities have small costs associated to help raise money.

In addition to the local acts, Lambert’s band and drum line will perform.

“It’s become a great outlet to the community,” McCloy said. “It’s really just a fantastic event that’s fun for the entire family.”

 

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