SEVEN DMS STUDENTS PERFORM IN HONOR BAND
Seven Diamond Middle School Band students successfully auditioned for the Southwest Missouri Music Educators
Association (SWMMEA) Junior High Band during tryouts held earlier this year.
Diamond had more students qualify than schools such as Joplin and Neosho and was the only small school in the district
to have students qualify for the Saturday concert.
The showing was the best ever for Diamond, according to Rob Lundien, band director. Those who
performed at the band's concert Jan. 11 at Carl Junction High School were: Spencer Snow, trumpet, eighth chair; Alicia Bradley,
clarinet, ninth chair; Gram Boman, tenor sax, first chair; David Dodson, trombone, fourth chair; Mike Waddell, trombone, 11th
chair; Lauri Kuri, trombone, sixth chair; and Harrison George, tuba, third chair.
WILDCAT PRIDE BAND INVITED TO LIBERTY BOWL
The Diamond High School Wildcat Marching Band has been invited to compete and perform in the 2003
Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. Based on the band's growth in size and talent, its outstanding awards and accomplishments and
the recent purchase of its new uniforms, the band was accepted by Liberty Bowl officials earlier in August.
Next year's 70-member DHS Band will take two charter buses and will leave on Dec. 28, 2003. It will
return on Jan. 1, 2004. The band members will be among 30 other college and high school marching bands from all over the United
The band will march in the Liberty Bowl Parade down the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis.
The parade will be televised live on FOX. The band members will also be part of the halftime entertainment during the Liberty
Bowl. Outside of being televised live on ESPN before millions nationwide, the band members will perform before a live audience
of 80,000 people in Liberty Stadium. Big-name entertainers, approximately 1,000 college and high school band members, fireworks
and a patriotic theme will all be featured during the halftime performance.
The DHS Band will also get to see such sites as the Martin Luther King National Civil Rights Museum,
the Gibson Guitar Factory, the Pyramid Sports Complex, Graceland, the Peabody Hotel Ducks, the Memphis Mainstreet Trolley,
Smithsonian's Rock-N-Soul Museum, and many other places of interest, including a trip to the Memphis Hard Rock Cafe on Beale
This is a huge honor and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the DHS Wildcat Pride Band. Band members
and band parents are raising money for the trip. Each band member must raise almost $350. As a whole, the band must raise
If you would like to help, please support one of the band's many fund raisers. If you would like
to become a corporate sponsor and donate, please call Mr. Rob Lundien, band instructor, at 325-5188. Please make all
checks payable to Diamond Band Parents and send to Diamond HS Liberty Bowl Band Trip, 401 S. Main, Diamond, MO 64840.
May 2-3- State Music Contest
Sunday, May 4, 2:30 p.m.- Spring Concert, All Bands
DIAMOND BAND ENROLLMENT QUADRUPLES
The Diamond Band Program is growing in record numbers.
Two years ago, there were less than 22 members in the entire band program. Today, thanks to the support
of the Diamond School District and the Diamond community, there are over 120 proud and hard working band members in the entire
Almost the entire sixth grade class is in band. With 54 in the entire 6th grade class, 40 of them are in
the sixth grade beginning band.
This is the first year the seventh graders have been separated into their own band. This will allow more
individual attention to be spent with these band members. In the long run, this will help the Diamond Band Program to become
Next school year (2003-2004) the DHS Wildcat Pride Band will reach an all-time high of over 60 members.
This will be the largest high school band Diamond has had in at least 30-40 years.
"This is great to have so many students involved in the band program," said Rob Lundien, Diamond Band director.
"We are experiencing a lot of growing pains because of this rapid growth. We are having a hard time of keeping up with the
larger concert and marching instruments provided by the school. This huge growth creates shortages of instruments needed within
the band (for example tubas, marching percussion, bass clarinets, etc).
Members of the DHS Wildcat Pride Band are:
Flutes- Krystle Allan, Dezi Powers, Renee Forest, Lendi Stirewalt, Alyssa Simpson.
Clarinets- Robin Bullis, Erica Welch, Tosha Loyd, Heather Atler, Amy Cokerham, Alicia Bradley,
Alex Chavana, Kacie Cooper.
Bass Clarinets- Bob Taylor, Daniel Stone, Courtney Ching
Alto Sax- Cheryl Johnson, Cameron Harrington, Jake Edge.
Tenor Sax- Susan Johnson, Taunie Brewer
Baritone Sax- Luke Hockman
Trumpets- James Riediger, Greg Dodson, Spencer Snow, Sarah Hoffman, Raymond Tapp
Trombones- David Forrest, Mark Neidert, David Spry, Clint Myers, Daniel Testerman
Baritone- Scott Gill
Tuba- Justin DeGonia
Percussion- Graham Cox, Jake Newsum, Paul Holland, Ryan Clouse, Mike Lane, Charles Forest,
Color Guard- Krystle Allan, Kendra Sharon, Tara Brown, Courtney Payton, Taunie Brewer.
Guitar- Matt Harp
Members of the Diamond Seventh Grade Wildcat Band are:
Flutes- Crystal Harrell, Kelsey Henson, Kasey Hockman, Becca Warthen
Clarinets- Lacey Carneal, Caitlin Carter, Cassi Cullum, Tonya Loyd, Courtney Wall, Zach
Manley, Kaycee Watts.
Bass Clarinets- Benny Taylor, Brad Morris
Alto Saxophones- Jessica Adkins, Morgan Fickle
Baritone Saxophone- Lee Hollars
Tenor Saxophone- Gram Boman
Trumpets- Jennifer Dial, Eli Hicks, Amanda Morris, Cody Sales, Jessica Webb
Baritones- Daniel Jones
Trombones- David Dodson, Levi Forest, Devin Greenwood, Lauri Kuri, Mike Waddell
Tubas- Harrison George
Percussion- Timothy Enayati, Amanda Cupp, Isaac McLees, Cody Palmer
Members of the Diamond Sixth Grade Beginning Wildcat Band are:
Flutes- Karie Baldwin, Karen Bass, Lindsey Gilbert, Cierra Gravett, Chelsea Scribner
Clarinets- Hannah Carr, Whitney Cosby, Emily Edge, Amber Hankins, Kirsten Lee, Samantha
Olson, Shaela Smith, Brittany Riggs
Alto Saxophones- J.J. Bassinger, Travis Goodwin, Hannah Hoyer, Crystal Lane, Ashley Nickolaisen,
Cassie Sharon, George Connors.
Tenor Saxophone- Seth Cronister
Trumpets- Eris Baker, James Cook. T. J. Devins, Macy Harp, Samantha Morgan, Katelin VanLue,
Bellamy Moss, Garrett Cox, Michael Testerman
Baritone- Derek Paradeis
Trombones - Zack Kettner, Ethan Lucas, Cameron
Scribner, Houston Lietzke, Emily Iceberg-Sewell,
Percussion- Garrett James, Jason Beckett, Sami Holmes, Chris Cupp, Jonathan Eaves, Jared