Happy Spring!

UPDATED: We will rehearse with the students traveling to New York on Wednesday and Friday this week and next week from 3:30-5:00 to prepare for our performance in NYC.

On this first day of Spring, I bring you good news!  Our concert bands performed at Large Group Performance Evaluations hosted at Rome High School last Thursday and received straight superior ratings!  Let me say that again – All 3 groups received SUPERIOR ratings!  More importantly, the students carried themselves professionally all day and provided the audience with memorable experiences.  I am so extremely proud of our students for their dedication to excellence and the efforts that they give daily to achieve it.


On Thursday our Wind Ensemble performs as an invited ensemble at the 2017 Music For All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University.  The performance in free to the public and we would love for parents and friends to be in the audience cheering us on.  More information about the clinic can be found here: http://gsuconcertfestival.org/about/overview/.  It is a great honor to be invited to perform at this event.  It will undoubtedly be a memorable performance that the students will cherish for their lifetimes.

Wind Ensemble Itinerary for Thursday:

  • 6:30AM Report to Carrollton HS in performance attire
  • 7:00AM Depart for GSU
  • 8:30AM Registration
  • 9:30AM Warm-Up
  • 10:45AM Performance
  • 11:30AM Clinic
  • 12:00PM Lunch – students need money for lunch (~$10) – students will have a chance to change into more conformable attire.
  • 2:15PM Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert
  • 3:30PM Master-Classes
  • 5:00PM Dinner – students need about money for dinner (~$10)
  • 7:00PM Kell High School Wind Ensemble Concert
  • 8:00PM Decatur High School Wind Ensemble Concert
  • 9:00PM Depart for CHS
  • 10:00PM Arrive back at CHS

Saturday and Sunday our Winter Guard (both JV and Varsity) competes in a SAPA Competition at Villa Rica High School.  Our Winter Guard has been performing very well this season and only has a few weekends left.  Our students would love to see you in the audience this weekend!

Winter Guard Itinerary for Saturday

  • 8:00AM JV Rehearsal
  • 9:30AM Varsity Rehearsal
  • 11:00AM Eat/Pack/Load
  • 12:00PM Depart for VRHS
  • 12:30PM Arrive/Check-In at VRHS
  • 1:42PM JV Warm-up
  • 2:06PM JV Performance
  • 2:40PM JV Retreat
  • 5:30PM Varsity Warm-Up
  • 6:29PM Varsity Performance
  • 8:00PM Varsity Retreat
  • 8:45PM Load and Depart for CHS
  • 9:15PM Arrive back at CHS

Winter Guard Itinerary for Sunday

  • 9:30 AM Report CHS
  • 10:00 AM Depart for VRHS
  • 10:30 AM Arrive/Check-In at VRHS
  • 11:43 AM JV Warm-Up
  • 12:07 PM JV Performance
  • 12:35 PM Varsity Warm-Up
  • 1:02PM Varsity Performance
  • 1:30PM Retreat
  • 2:15PM Load/Depart for CHS
  • 2:45PM Arrive back at CHS

This is the last Winter Guard competition before SAPA Championships next week in Chattanooga.  Please wish our teams GOOD LUCK as they continue to represent our school spectacularly!  If you haven’t seen their shows yet, you are missing out!


The Winter Guard is raffling tickets for an Apple Watch for $10 each.  Guard students are required to sell 2o tickets each to pay for their trip to Chattanooga and I have asked our band students to please help sell the tickets.  Students will receive 1 free raffle ticket for every 10 that they sell.  Additionally, if we reach 500 tickets sold then we will do a special drawing for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!  Only tickets earned by selling at least 10 will be entered in the gift card drawing.  May the odds be in your favor!

ONLY 16 days before NYC!!!! Are you as excited as I am??!?! We will rehearse on Wednesday and Friday with the students traveling to New York this week and next week from 3:30-5:00 to prepare for our performance in NYC.  Thank you for reading and  have a great evening!





Festival Week!

I hope that everyone had a great long weekend! Our Winter Guard had a terrific showing this weekend in SAPA competition at Ola HS.  Our JV team improved by 20 points and finished 3rd in their class and our Varsity finished 2nd!  Our teams are working very hard representing our program with class!

This week our concert bands travel on Thursday to Rome High School for Large Group Performance Evaluations (Festival).  The concerts are open to the public and free.  If you are able to be in the audience we would appreciate your support!  On Friday we have our student meeting about the trip to NYC!  This is a mandatory meeting for all traveling students – we look forward to seeing everyone on Friday.

LGPE – Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Rome HS

  • Concert Band and Symphonic Band
    • Concert band report to school in uniform, bring a change of clothes – Symphonic band should bring their uniform with them to change.
    • 7:00AM Report as stated above
    • 7:30AM Depart for Rome HS
    • 9:00AM Arrive  – Symphonic Band students watch other bands
    • 9:40AM Concert Band Warm-Up
    • 10:10AM Concert Band Performance and Sight-reading
    • 11:10AM Concert Band and Symphonic Band Depart for lunch at Cici’s Pizza (Students need money for lunch – $5.79 plus drink and tax – about $8.50) Concert Band students change before lunch
    • 12:30 PM return to RHS – Symphonic Band students dress for performance and Concert Band students watch other bands
    • 1:30 PM Symphonic Band Warm-Up
    • 2:00PM Symphonic Band Performance and Sight-reading
    • 3:00PM Depart for CHS
    • 4:30PM Arrive back at CHS students need to be picked up quickly
  • Wind Ensemble
    • Bring your concert attire with you to school – you may store this in the band room.
    • After school eat a snack to hold you over until we can eat dinner after our performance – change into your uniform before 4:00PM and wait for our arrival.  I have estimated 4:30, but if we are running early then you need to be ready to load as soon as the buses get back.
    • 4:00PM  be in full uniform ready to depart CHS
    • 4:30PM  depart for Rome HS
    • 6:00PM  arrive at Rome HS
    • 6:40PM Warm-Up
    • 7:20PM Performance and Sight-reading
    • 8:20PM Depart for Dinner at Cici’s Pizza in Rome (Students need money for dinner – $5.79 plus drink and tax – about $8.50)
    • 9:30PM Depart for Carrollton HS
    • 11:00PM return to CHS

Friday – Trip meeting for all traveling students.  Starts at 6:00PM and should last about an hour.  Reimbursement checks for overpayment will be available at this meeting as well.

It is going to be a great week!  GO TROJANS!!!


Pre-Festival This Week!


I hope that this message finds everyone well!  The countdown to the New York Trip (NYC17) has begun!  Only 46 days!!!!! Thank you to Meredith Harris, Tracy Wiggins, and Lisa Ashley to putting in overtime to assist us with this process.  What a relief to hear from our terrific volunteers that all payments were accounted for ONTIME!  Another reason why you are all ROCKSTARS!

Here are some quick reminders of what is happening this week:

  • Monday – Mandatory NYC17 Chaperone Meeting – 6:00PM in the Band Room
    • This will be a very thorough meeting and all chaperones will receive Darkness to Light training by Jill Hesterlee (Thank you Jill!).  All in attendance through the end of the training will receive certification for the training!  If for some reason you have an emergency and are not able to attend, it will be required of you to watch a video of the presentation and sign-off that you understand your lawful obligations by serving as an official volunteer.  Unfortunately, certification is not available to those who must watch the video.
  • Tuesday – Pre-LGPE Concert in the Mabry Arts Center – 7:00PM
    • Students help set-up after school or clean up after the concert
    • All students need to be in their concert attire and in the audience by 6:55PM
    • 7th Grade 7:00PM, 8th Grade 7:25PM, Concert Band 7:50PM, Symphonic Band 8:15PM, Wind Ensemble 8:45PM – The times are approximate, but the educational experience is in the performing and listening to the other students.  Students should remain for the entirety of the concert.
  • Thursday – Saturday • All-State in Athens, GA
    • Another congratulations to Lainey Driver, Ryan Schumann, and Taylor Berry for being selected to participate in the GMEA All-State Band!
  • Friday – Winter Guard at Kennesaw Mountain HS – 8:15PM Performance
  • Saturday – Winter Guard at McEachern HS WGI Regional – Prelims • 1:34PM
  • Sunday – Winter Guard at McEachern HS WGI Regional – Finals • TBA
    • GOOD LUCK!


Also – don’t forget to order your spirit wear here.  https://chstrojanband.com/2017/02/24/winter-2017-spirit-wear-order-opportunity/

Let’s have a great week!


Winter 2017 Spirit Wear Order Opportunity

bandsweatshirtdesignblackThe Band Boosters would like to announce a Winter 2017 spirit wear order opportunity. This order opportunity will feature the winning design from one of our band students, Aquay Backus and the “I’m With the Band” design. The items available during this order are: a hoodie, a sweatshirt, and a T-shirt. You can download the current order form from this link: CHS Trojan Band spirit item order form or pick one up from Mrs. Dothard at the CHS Band Room. Items may also be ordered from the Booster web store.

So that we can hopefully get these items back before the New York Trip we are asking that all order forms and payments be turned in by next Friday, March 10th, 2017. No orders will be accepted without payments and no extras of the hoodies or sweatshirts will be ordered at this time. Please make checks payable to Trojan Band Boosters. Orders forms and payments should be dropped off at the band room in an sealed, clearly marked envelope and deposited in the Band Booster box located on the wall behind Ms. Dothard’s desk. Make sure to include your completed order form and payment. Please address any questions to: chstrojanbands@gmail.com

To see examples of the spirit items available for this order, please download the order form or visit the web store.

Trojans Send Four More to All-State!

asb-2017We are fortunate to have been represented proudly at the second round of All-State auditions by some of the best in the state!  The following 12 students scored high enough and earned the honor to audition for the prestigious GMEA All-State Band.  They dedicated personal time and efforts to preparing for these auditions.  Please congratulate them for setting the example for all of our band students.  The auditions took place on January 14, 2017 at Houston County High School, which was a week later than scheduled due to inclement weather. Although the second round included 2000 students, the numbers had already been reduced by the first round of auditions and the following students deserve commendation for their extraordinary efforts!
  • Taylor Berry
  • Brianna Colquitt
  • Cindy Denaris
  • Lainey Driver
  • Maggi Hines
  • Kayland Johnson
  • Jordan Mullenix
  • Kelley Ozier
  • Kendall Ozier
  • Ryan Schumann
  • Thomas Svegl
  • Christian Williamson
The Trojan Nation will be represented by the following four students who have been invited to participate in the GMEA All-State Band in Athens, GA on March 2-4, 2017:
  • Taylor Berry, principal trombone
  • Lainey Driver, trumpet
  • Ryan Schumann, trumpet
  • Christian Williamson, trombone
Very proud to be a Trojan!  Excited for our band program to continue excelling and humbled by the hard work that our students dedicate to their art daily.  I hope that all who committed to the process even before the first round auditions know that I am thankful for their personal efforts and leadership in making our program fantastic.  It is an honor to work with you and I am proud of you!

Mr. Carr

Please remember these other items as well

  • NY Trip Payments – We are getting down to the wire! All trip balances are due IN FULL by 2/17/17.
    • Also, please remember to register on the travel agency’s website for the trip. This is required.
    • Chaperone and participant meetings will be announced soon.
  • Winter Guard Competition @ East Coweta: January 21st, 2017
  • Like Arby’s…. We Have The Meats! We have leftover meat for sale fromour All-In-One fundraiser.  The list below is what we have and the reduced price: Smoked turkey breast – $30, Cajun Turkey – $30, Peppered bacon – $20, Spiral Honey glazed ham- $35, Pork Sausage Patty – $20. Call the band room (770-834-0550) with your order and they will make sure it’s ready for you to pick up.