"We can basically do it all here. We don't have to go across the county or fight traffic in Kennesaw," he said. "I just hope it gets well used that people take advantage of this type of facility in east Cobb and we wear it out."
"It's a district wide facility, but we're so glad it's here at Lassiter," Hinojosa said. "It is very unusual (for a Nike Air Force 1 High Top Grey
Curtains behind the stage can be raised and lowered in order to suit what type of music is being played, Watkins said. And the columns are designed to improve the acoustics in the hall, which has 350 seats near the stage, with 650 stadium style seats behind them.
Alfred L. Watkins, who has been band director at Lassiter since it opened, said the concert hall will serve 500 band, choir and orchestra students, the largest music program in the county. It will also give a permanent home to the Cobb Wind Symphony, which Watkins founded and conducts.
"Sound is like an energy ball," he said. "You have to have something to harness it."
"We've watched it built from the ground up, dodging all the construction," the 18 year old said.
Watkins conducted the wind symphony during the open house, while hundreds came in to check out the new facility. During intermission, he showed off some of its features.
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"It represents the best of the school," Watkins said. "The school is strong academically, artistically and athletically. The kids are strong in character, and this is part of that whole mindset."
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Lassiter unveils new 1 000 seat performing arts center
Some will notice that the stage doesn't have curtains that can be raised and lowered in front of it, like a traditional theater might. But Watkins said that shouldn't keep the concert hall from hosting dramas and other events.
It is very nice. Wish I would have had a chance to play there when I was in the band. and the CCSB has asked to build new facilities at a number of schools via the SPLOST. The Nike Air Force 1 High Black And Gold problem with these facilities is that we have no money for upkeep and now that we have built Lassiter, everyone will want their facility to be just as nice.
Easy for everyone to make comments like this without actually seeing and experiencing the place. I visited and took a tour during last Sunday's open house and you should all be proud to have something like this in your community. Specially for the talented kids at Lassiter and other Cobb schools. Easy to complain about money and the economy and spending, but all that does is keep us where we are. This is a great step forward and seeing and hearing is believing. Go take a look and a listen (concert tonight at 7:00 PM) and you will change your mind. Be positive and stop bitching.
"To have a performance in something other than a multipurpose room or a cafetorium, to have it in a true concert hall, is an amazing experience," said Majors, 46, an Acworth resident.
The classic architecture seemed appropriate for a monumental day for the music programs at Lassiter and elsewhere in the Cobb County School District. The school held an open house Sunday for the new Lassiter Concert Hall, a 1,000 seat music venue paid for as part of a $14.9 million SPLOST project.
"Shakespeare had a stage similar to this," he said. "He seemed to have done OK."
NORTHEAST COBB Looking around at the Greek columns surrounding the stage, plush seats and acoustical features of the new performing arts center, Thom Majors said the music program at Lassiter High School has come a long way since he was in the band when the school opened in 1981.
The facility will be open to all Cobb schools and others in the community. Hinojosa said its acoustics are designed by the same company that did those in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.
I don't think you will see any other performance venue like this built at any other school in the county. Lassiter had the space (and arguably the best fine arts department in the county/metro) that allowed it to be built there. All schools can use it, but I do believe Lassiter gets a call on dates for their performances.
School board member David Banks said large school concerts were previously held at McEachern High School in Powder Springs or at Kennesaw State University.
It also gives 2 outstanding venues on each side of the county (Lassiter and McEachern) to be able to host all of the middle and high school music festivals.
Lassiter senior Mark Hopper, a band member, said he has been waiting for the day he could perform at the concert hall since construction started in March 2010.
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