Lamar High School Orchestra

Students in the Lamar Orchestras are among the most intelligent, dedicated, and respected students at Lamar. They are involved in many activities other than Orchestra such as the National Honor Society, Football, Tennis, Swimming, Basketball, Choir, Theatre, Student Council, Ready Set Teach, Cheerleading, Band, etc. Very often, the Viking Orchestra boasts multiple Seniors ranked in the top 12 of their class. Besides preparing for concerts and UIL Orchestra Contest, students participate in UIL Solo-Ensemble Contest, the All-Region and All-State audition process, and perform throughout the community.

Andrew Walton


Mr. Andrew Walton has been the Head Orchestra Director at Lamar High School since 2014.  He is the director of the Symphony and Concert Orchestras and assists with the Philharmonic and Sinfonia Orchestras.  Before moving to Lamar, Mr. Walton held the position of Assistant Orchestra Director at Seguin High School in Arlington for seven years.  As an educator, Mr. Walton hopes to build better people by using excellence in music as his vehicle.  He is an active member of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and Texas Music Educators Association.  Mr. Walton is also a founding member of the professional cello ensemble The 440 Alliance, a group he has performed with since 2004.


Mr. Walton holds a Bachelors of Music with emphasis on Education from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He is also a product of the Arlington ISD Strings program and a graduate of Lamar High School.  In his spare time, he is active with the Youth at his church and enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Christine Walton and their three children.

James Hogan


Mr. Hogan has been at Lamar High School as the Assistant Orchestra Director for six years.  Moving to Texas in 2014, Mr. Hogan was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he started violin lessons at the age of four.  His passion for violin led him to the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department and later taking private lessons from Vladimir Deninzon of the Cleveland Orchestra.

            Mr. Hogan attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio where he was a member of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, Miami University Men’s Glee Club, Morpheus Chamber Ensemble, and Concertmaster of the “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” orchestra.  Mr. Hogan completed his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Miami University in December of 2013 after completing his student-teaching experience with Richard Wright at Kettering City Schools.

            As a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Mr. Hogan sponsors the Lamar Chapter of the Texas Future Music Educators.  He enjoys chaperoning the students on a trip to Austin, TX for the Annual TMEA convention.

            Mr. Hogan’s hobbies include Skiing with friends and family in the Rocky Mountains, swimming, and cheering on his favorite football team from THE Ohio State University. During his summers, Mr. Hogan enjoys time with his family back in Cleveland, and their annual trip to Ocean City, NJ.