If you go
What: Lambert Family Music Festival
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Road
This Saturday, Forsyth County residents need not go far for a full day of musical performances.
The Lambert High School band will bring back the Lambert Family Music Festival for the second year.
With attendance topping 1,000 in 2010, this year’s day packed with music and family fun activities is expected to draw a larger crowd, said Scott McCloy, Lambert’s director of bands.
"It’s an outdoor music festival avenue, much like they would have in Atlanta or Piedmont Park," McCloy said. "It’s good for the entire community to be able to come on by, have a good time and enjoy some great local music."
The free event brings in a variety of local musical acts whose styles include alternative and classic rock, acoustic, country and funk, with the common tie that the performers are local.
"It’s a good mix of bands," McCloy said. "They’re staggered throughout the day, so if you stay for a couple hours, you’ll hear two to three types of music."
The Lambert band, known as The Stampede, will play pieces from this year’s competition show and other songs. The drumline will also give additional performances.
Daniel Hyman, a Lambert junior, will perform with the school band as well as his own, Crossing Burbank, during the festival.
"It’s really one of the only places a local band can play," Hyman said of the festival. "There aren’t really that many venues here."
On the marching band side, he said the festival gives the Stampede an opportunity to build community support and put on an event everyone can enjoy.
"It brings in a lot of sponsors and that really helps us out a lot, like to get new equipment," he said. "It also brings awareness to how hard we work."
Local businesses, food vendors and organizations will have booths at the fair, including a canine agility training company that will have dogs performing.
A kids’ area will feature a $5 wristband that gives children unlimited access to the inflatables and other activities.
The festival, which launched last year as part of a student’s Eagle Scout project, serves as a fundraiser for the Lambert band.
Though admission is free, money is raised from community donations and playing host to vendors, McCloy said.
It costs a lot to run a fully competitive band, he said, and this year it has entered the national competition circuit.
For the festival, he said, the band is setting sights closer to home.
"We’re very focused on trying to keep this local because there’s so much great talent in our local community," McCloy said. "I think it gets missed because there’s not a plethora of events like this [in Forsyth County]."