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Lamar County Bands Perform Across Europe

Band NewsGreg Higgins
North Lamar and Paris band students gather on the London Eye overlooking Parliament while on their trip to Europe. Those who represented Lamar County beginning front row left are Levi Graham, Michalla Barr, Alex Draper and Hudson Jones. In back are Emily Foster, Emily Brownfield, Eric Shelton, Thomas Zimmerman and Seth Jones.

North Lamar and Paris band students gather on the London Eye overlooking Parliament while on their trip to Europe. Those who represented Lamar County beginning front row left are Levi Graham, Michalla Barr, Alex Draper and Hudson Jones. In back are Emily Foster, Emily Brownfield, Eric Shelton, Thomas Zimmerman and Seth Jones.

A few parents and grandparents joined the North Lamar and Paris band students as they represented Texas in Europe. Above, the Lamar County group gathered at the base of the Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland.

A few parents and grandparents joined the North Lamar and Paris band students as they represented Texas in Europe. Above, the Lamar County group gathered at the base of the Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland.

Students from the North Lamar and Paris high school bands joined others from the Dallas – Fort Worth area for sixteen days of concert performances and sightseeing across Europe. One hundred and sixty one students from all over Northeast Texas who were nominated by their peers departed June 9 from the United States to perform in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany.

"The group was actually so large we divided into two groups,” said Jason R. Smith, band director at North Lamar and on staff with the Lone Star Ambassadors of Music. “We had over 380 people going on the trip, so we divided it into 170 leaving June 9th and the rest just left on June 25 th . These students got to perform in amazing places, in front of great audiences and enjoyed sightseeing all across Europe for 16 days. It is a life changing trip for these young students."