NEW MEXICO BAND FOUNDATION

The New Mexico Lions Band Foundation's mission is to coordinate and direct the efforts to sponsor an Honor Band composed of the most talented NM high school band students. The sponsorship includes raising funds for traveling expenses by the Band to attend the NM Lions State Convention and the Lions Clubs International Convention (when feasible).

In June 2003, the NM Lions Honor Band performed several times at the State Convention in Gallup. The following month in Denver, the Band performed twice in the International Parade - once for the Korean Delegation and once with the NM Lions. Other performances at the Convention were: for the breakfast Caucus (composed of 8 MD's); at the Convention Center in concert with the Michigan and Pennsylvania Bands; and at the Inauguration of Lions President, Dr. Tae-Sup Lee. For their efforts in the Parade, they received 2nd Place in the Band Category 2, a great honor for them and NM. Due to the lack of funding, the Honor Band will not attend the 2006 LCI Convention in Boston, MA. At a meeting two years ago, the Band Foundation decided that long range planning is required if funds are going to be available in the future for attending LCI Conventions. The next Convention in the continental U. S. is in Chicago, IL, in 2007. Planning has already begun and the support of every Club in NM will be needed to ensure NM is once again proudly represented. In the mean time, the Band will be performing a series of concerts in NM this next year. Dr. Greg Fant, from NMSU, has done a superb job in leading the Band over the years. PDG Lee Boyd Montgomery, President of the NM Lions Band Foundation, has asked NM Clubs to support the Band.