I consider myself incredibly lucky to have known Mr LaMar. He always had a smile on his face, always had a joke to crack, and just seeing him would cheer me up. Mr Lamar had the rare gift of brightening everyone's day just by being around, and everyone who's lives he touched are happier because of him. He cared about His students, not just as musicians, but as people, and he taught me as much about being a kind, responsible, loving human as he did about being a good musician. When I moved into the CB district in 8th grade, Mr LaMar was perhaps the biggest factor in helping me feel at home. I am eternally grateful for that, and for everything else that he did for me. He meant so much to me and to all of his students, and that is why I have dedicated myself to the LaMar Strong Club for the past year. It is my attempt to say thank you to him, and to pay forward the kindness he showed me. Knowing Mr LaMar was an honor and a privilege, and I am so thankful to have been his student. I hope that through Lamar Strong, we can spread Mr Lamar's love for music and laughter, and that we can continue to say thank you for all that he did for us.--Paul S.
In 7th grade when I first came to Tohickon, Mr. LaMar was just my band teacher. By the time 9th grade graduation came by, he became my closest friend, role model, and mentor. Not only did he help develop my passion for music, Mr. LaMar also guided me as a person. When I reflect on myself, I know that I wouldn't be who I am or where I am without him; and I am sure countless people could say the same. Even people who didn't know Mr. LaMar that well say that there was just an aura about him which made him a great, loving person. I'll never forget the happiness he spread with the telling of his infamous Muffin Joke, or just by his smile. His impact on this world and the community around him is immeasurable and eternal.--Kishun B.