Panther Band’s Honor America Night set for Saturday night

Tickets available from band or at the gate

Samantha Saenz, Lufkin High School Student Media

Fireworks explode behind Abe Martin Stadium during last year’s Honor America Night. (Photo by ANDY ADAMS/Lufkin ISD)

Honor America Night, held every year at Lufkin High School’s Abe Martin Stadium to honor our veterans, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday.

People can purchase tickets for $5 apiece from students, in the Panther Band office, or at the gates of the stadium.

Head Band Director George Little said he is glad COVID-19 hasn’t caused the 2020 event to be canceled.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I like Honor America Night, and everybody else does, so I think it’s great.”

Each year, two members of the trumpet line play Taps to honor veterans who have lost their lives in service and to honor those for their hard work in the military. The Lufkin High School entire trumpet line then performs the national anthem. 

Lufkins Middle School’s sixth-grade band, directed by Laney Hammer, the seventh-grade band, directed by Emily Cavanaugh, and the eighth-grade band, directed by Tommy Smith, all will play, and the LMS Majorettes will perform.

The Panther Band will perform its military marching routine. There will be the annual firework show at the end of the night while the middle school and high school bands perform. 

There will be regulations that attendees must follow this year due to COVID-19, Little said.

“We’re not having hot dog supper this year, and they’ll have to wear face mask coverings and social distance in the stands, similar to a football game,” Little said.

Anyone with questions about this year’s Honor America Night is encouraged to stop by the band office, near the entrance of the Tom Jack Lucas Auditorium on the LHS campus.