Belmont Youth Band Changes Location and its Name to The Lamont Community Music School

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By: Tony McCray

The Belmont Youth Band, that was organized by Vivian Lamont and Rudy Pendleton fifteen years ago in the Belmont/DeVilliers Business District, has established a new home at the Dixon School of the Arts under a new name of The Lamont Community Music School.

Lamont and Pendleton began the group to assist the youth in the community to be trained on musical instruments since the Escambia County School District did not begin music instruction until high school.

The Belmont Youth Band has moved several times from the former Sunbeam Bread Bakery when it was owned by Neal Richards and more recently under the ownership of Rev. John Powell and his non-profit, Truth for Youth.  Later the First City Arts became a home for the band, next it was Fricker Recreation Center, followed by the Woodland Heights Center.  Each location had its benefits and scheduling problems. So, Attorney Jim Green, a member of The Lamont Community Music School, who is also a member of the Dixon School of the Arts made the suggestion to the Board of Directors to approach the school concerning the sharing of space.

It is like a community match that is meant to be.  For example, the Mission of the Dixon School of the Arts  is to promote high academic achievement using the arts, positive learning environments, positive relationships, high –caliber instruction and creative experiences tailored to individual student and family needs. Even the purpose of the school which serves Escambia County students from Kindergarten through the eighth grade has the dedicated purpose to providing a learning environment that promotes excellence in learning, service and living in a global community.  The core values—honesty, respect, tolerance, fairness, self-discipline,

integrity, responsibility, citizenship, work ethic, and trust are the foundation upon which the school was established and will be maintained.

Under the leadership of its Principal, Dr. Donna Curry, Dixon School, also, seeks to unite with parents and guardians to help scholars and their families reach their fullest potential for productive lives.  The core academic curriculum—reading, mathematics, science and social studies—is combined with a varied focus on encore classes in arts, technology and character education.

The Educational Philosophy is as follows with a focus on two beliefs which underlie Dixon academics:  At the very heart is the belief in teaching of principles of living from a Christian worldview.  A second belief is using a curriculum that uses a blend of teacher-directed and project-based delivery; technology-assisted and differentiated intervention; and focus on the arts to enhance learner-confidence and learning.

If you are interested in supporting The Lamont Community Music School the group will be the guest charity of Geno Rosaria, a pianist at Phineas Phoggs  at Seville Quarter.  Rosaria spotlights a charity every year at Christmas. The date is December 13th from 6:30 pm till 10:00 pm.  The financial goal of the fundraiser is $10,000.

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