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This page is dedicated to the Diamond R-4 School District's award-winning instrumental music program.

The Diamond High School Wildcat Pride Band earned a 1 rating at the District Music Festival April 4.

   The Diamond High School Wildcat Pride Band received an overall rating of one, three ones for prepared content selections and a one minus for sight reading during district/state competition April 4 at Missouri Southern State College.
   "It is very, very difficult for a band to earn all one ratings," said director Rob Lundien. "The judges expect bands to sound like professional recordings when performing on the state level. The judges compare you with the best bands in the state. They expect you to sound like one of the best bands in the state. The Diamond Band proved they are one of the best bands in the state."
   The only other bands to receive one ratings for state (individual and small group selections go to the state competition, entire bands receive their state ranking at district) were Carthage, Monett, Greenfield, Webb City, Seneca, Marionville and Aurora. Twenty-five bands participated in the competition.
   In addition to the band's overall one, others earning one ratings and qualifying for state competition were:
   -Dezarae Powers, flute solo
   -Flute trio, Dezarae Powers, Renee Forest, Lendi Stirewalt
   -Clarinet Quartet, Erica Welch, Kacie Cooper, Amy Cokerham, Tosha Loyd.
   Receiving two ratings were Lendi Stirewalt, flute solo; Renee Forest, flute solo; Luke Hockman, alto sax solo; and Krystle Allan, flute solo.
   An all-day fund raiser for the Diamond High School Band Saturday, April 5, raised nearly $4,000, according to Rob Lundien, band director.
   The money is going toward the band's trip to the 2003 Liberty Bowl.
   A benefit basketball game between the Diamond Band Parents and KODE-TV opened the activities and was followed by concerts by Murfies Law, Jeda Soul, Natural Disaster and Shenanigans.
   A chili supper and benefit auction were also featured.

Rob Lundien directs the Diamond High School Band.

   The Diamond High School Jazz Band competed in the 37th Drury University Jazz Festival in Springfield Saturday, March 8. This was only the second year for Diamond to have a jazz band and its first time to compete in a jazz band contest.
   The Diamond Jazz Band earned all one ratings from three judges, earning the band the first place trophy in the 2A Division. Justin DeGonia (senior, bass guitar) earned the outstanding jazz soloist trophy.
   Several students were recognized for their jazz solos, receiving certificates from the International Association of Jazz Educators. Those receiving certificates were: James Riediger, trumpet; Luke Hockman, alto sax; Greg Dodson, trumpet; and Matt Harp, electric guitar.
   More than 40 jazz bands competed.
   The Diamond Jazz Band will be in concert at the annual Diamond Wildcat Pride Spring Concert 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4. The concert will feature the entire Diamond band program, grades 6-12, and is free to the public.

Another DHS Band Site

Read the Neosho Daily News article on the Diamond Band

Read The Joplin Globe story on the Diamond High School Band


The music group Shenanigans featuring Diamond High School students Adam Alford, Elliott Sutherland, Zach Billings and Matt Harp, closed out the all-day concerts at the April 5 band benefit.


Band Boosters President Alison Simpson joined in the fun of the April 5 benefit by showing why Mr. Randy Turner of the musical group Natural Disaster dedicated the song, "Devil Woman" to her.


Junior Krystle Allen counts out the money made during the April 5 benefit at Diamond High School. The band raised nearly $4,000 in its efforts to go to the 2003 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN

The DHS Band practices for its next performance.

Globe/Vince Rosati
Globe/Vince Rosati
The Diamond High School band will cap off its three-year rebuilding effort next year when it performs at the 2003 Liberty Bowl. Last April, with the programs turnaround in full swing, the band earned the Missouri State High School Activities Associations highest honor.

Ringing Bells

   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.
   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 States.
   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 Street.
   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 $25,000.
   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
   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 band program.
   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 better musically.
   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, Saori Yamamatsu.
   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, Josh Bentley
   Percussion- Garrett James, Jason Beckett, Sami Holmes, Chris Cupp, Jonathan Eaves, Jared Miller