Update & Successes
Thank you for your continued contributions to the Ram Tower Project! Our last campaign, which raised $13,440, along with additional donations that have been received, has enabled the Ram Tower Project to proceed into the contracting, permitting, commencement and foundation stages. We are in the process of working with Lake Mary High School, the Seminole County School Board, contractors, and additional supporters of the Ram Tower Project to move forward into that stage. We will be sure to email you to invite you to the Ram Tower groundbreaking event.
We are also working with local contractors to bring down the cost of the finished product. We firmly believe that with the commencement of the foundation construction as a tangible and visible success on the ground at Lake Mary High School, and with our continued fundraising via Indiegogo campaign, band alumni events, media attention, business donors and other organizations and businesses with whom we will be working to raise funds, we will raise the funds to complete Ram Tower this year. We want to assure you that we will continue with fundraising, and we will remain committed to this project until we see Ram Tower standing on our field in all its glory!
We thank you again for your support of Ram Tower, and we will keep you updated as we move into the next stage of this amazing project.
Note: If you are a US taxpayer, your contribution will be tax-deductible and you will receive a tax receipt directly. Check with your employer to see if charitable contribution matches are an option (thanks to LMHS alum Chad Michael Eyer for this great idea!). For any questions about the Ram Tower campaign or about arranging a special contribution, please contact the Lake Mary High School Band office at (407) 320-9560 or email Mr. Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hi everyone, my name is Ava Sigman. I’m a junior at Lake Mary High School and a proud member of the LMHS Marching Rams. These past couple years our band program has been changing – getting more involved in the community, promoting greater standards of excellence within our own band program, and reaching out to alumni, all of which promote both school wide and community pride. “Ram Tower” aka “Alumni Tower” was designed, not only for its functional purpose, as a large multilevel observation platform and marching band teaching tool, but as a symbol of pride and welcome to everyone who has ever contributed to the success of the Marching Rams. From my terrified little freshman self, slinking into the band room on the first day of summer band camp to the eruptive cheer that never wanted to end as this past season's scores declared what we already knew: that we were a Superior band capable of working together to put on a spectacular show, marching band has framed and supported my high school experience. Ram Tower is nothing less than the physical embodiment of that adoration. An unmistakable landmark, this permanent structure will stand firm, a testament to the dedication of all bandies who wish to be remembered by the band program as much as they themselves remember fondly their time on the field.
Why Ram Tower?
Standing tall at just over 30 feet tall, Ram Tower will give our students, staff, and guest instructors a safe vantage point from which the Marching Rams take the teaching and execution of our marching shows to the next level. To do this, we approached the people who’ve been building landmark towers across the nation: Band Towers Unlimited (BTU). Their talented team has built the band towers for the Florida State University, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State University—some of the biggest names in the world of college marching band.
Taking the same design built for the FSU Marching Chiefs, the world’s largest collegiate marching band, Lake Mary High School has worked closely with BTU to create something brand new. Ram Tower will use the same primary structure as FSU’s installation, but we’re rotating it 90° and installing three “observation decks” which will more than double the viewing capacity. This means in addition to our instructional staff and student leadership, alumni are free to visit the observation decks during any Marching Rams rehearsal!
Additionally, our band is working closely with the Lake Mary High School Physics Department to install affordable solar paneling, cells, and wiring to power two LED spotlights which will illuminate the tower site after sunset. A glowing beacon in the Lake Mary community, Ram Tower will be the first and largest design of its type in the world.
Where the Funds Go
Funding will go directly to the construction and installation of Ram Tower. In addition to the primary structure, funding will cover the cost of the concrete foundation, rebar grid, all platforms, safety railings and signage, two coats of our custom black and red Rustoleum urethane, shipping, labor, and safety inspections. If we surpass our fundraising goal, remaining funds will go towards the 2013-14 season, including private lessons, registration fees, and clinicians. While the band has a dramatic impact on each of its students, its operation is very expensive and fundraising is always on our minds to ensure we can give our students the tools and the environment to nurture their growth as performers, leaders, and as contributing members of society.
Where You Come In
To build Ram Tower, we need your help! In addition to our eternal gratitude and the gratitude of those who come after us, we are offering backers a number of really awesome perks in exchange for donations. Below are some of our offers:
Option: Marching Rams DVD Anthology
Contains all Marching Rams field shows from 1981 through 2012. VHS to DVD transfer generously donated by veteran Marching Rams parent Russ Monckton.
Option: Professionally engraved foundation brick
Choice of 4"x8" or 12"x12". Includes the donor's name (with optional personal message) for permanent installation in the concrete slab. These bricks will actually serve as part of the foundation for Ram Tower, where it will be visible to thousands of students, parents, teachers, and staff members far into the future!
Option: Dedicated stair with engraved metal plaque
These laser-engraved name plaques will be affixed to the tower for as long as it stands, a functional, interesting time capsule at the heart of the Lake Mary Marching Rams! How cool would it be to have the “Rose Tyler Step” or the “Pond Family Step” or even the “Lake Mary Menchies Step”?
Option: Naming a level of Ram Tower
For our most generous donors, we offer the naming of the three levels of the tower. With the levels in such constant use, lower, middle, and upper level will just not catch on as names, especially with teenagers. But “Subway Side”, “Porter Floor”, and “Skywalker Deck” will hold their significance so long as there are people in Lake Mary. We'll permanently install a brass plaque to the railing of your observation deck and refer to it by name as Ram Tower becomes part of the Marching Rams culture.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand some folks just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
- Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about Ram Tower!
- Remind friends and family to share this through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, text message, snail mail...it all helps!
Ava Sigman and the Ram Tower Team
Lake Mary High School Band
Extra special thanks to videos and pictures contributed by Russ Monckton, Dr. Sonia Bhatia, The Pearman Family, and the incredible parents and historians who have captured these amazing moments for us to share with our loved ones.