Month: July 2014

What Happened at Band Camp?

WhatHappendedIf you haven’t heard or didn’t see it for yourself, you need to know what happen at band camp this week!

I’m sure you won’t be surprised when we tell you that this group of young men and women showed out… and worked their tails off! They have done a remarkable job of preparing for the upcoming season and we all cannot wait to see them take the field and blow us away! Your first opportunity to witness the phenomenal group in action will be tomorrow evening (8/1/2014) at Trojan Night, where the band will give a preview performance of what they learned this week at camp. Trojan Night activities will include a meal for the band students and their immediate family members at 6:00pm in the CHS cafeteria. Immediately following the meal, at approx 7:00pm the band will give their preview performance in Grisham Stadium. Everyone is invited and welcome at this preview performance. If any parents would like to help with the preparations for Trojan Night, please arrive the CHS cafeteria at 4:00pm. We will need help preparing the food and the cafeteria for the meal and also cleaning up after the meal.

Another thing that happened this week was that our parents showed out too! Those who signed up and prepared food provided an unbelievable week of meals for our awesome band staff. They were so appreciative and overwhelmed by the amount food and support given to them this week. This was a great display of the quality of parents and support that allow our band and its leaders to do what they do best. Other parents also worked hard behind the scenes, making preparations for the coming season, manning the concession stand, driving their kids back and forth and so much more. Thank you to everyone who contributed in anyway to support these students this week and into the weeks to come. Your hard work and efforts did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

What a great week! What a great band program! What a great thing it is to share this time and memories with family, friends and especially with our students!

If you have any specific questions about any of these items, you can contact Mr. Carr at:, the Band Office at 770-834-0550 or the Band Boosters at:

Go Trojan Band!
Joe & Allison Driver
CHS Band Booster Presidents


Say Cheese! Football Program Picture Dates!

PhotoDayThe Trojan Band is proud to be included each year in the Trojan Football Program that is sold at each home game. It is a great way to allow the Trojan faithful to see the names and faces of our incredible band students and their leaders. We are also excited that starting last year, seniors bands students are featured in photos with their immediate family members. So with all this in mind, we wanted to share with you the upcoming photo dates so that you could be prepared and available.

The main photo date for band is Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. Students are to report to the band room at 8:00AM to get dressed in full uniform and be ready for the full band photo at 9:00AM in the stadium. Section pictures and senior family pictures will follow immediately after the full band photo.

Note to our Seniors and their families: While it is preferred that you have your family photo taken on Tuesday, if you find that family members are not available on that date, there is an alternate date which is THIS Saturday, August 1st, 2014 beginning at 9:00AM. If you want to have your senior family photo in the program, you must have your photo taken on one of these two days. Due to printing deadlines, there will not be any other make up photo days.

Photos will be taken and made available through Glenn Holmes Photography if you are interested in purchasing personal copies.

If you have any specific questions about any of these items, you can contact Mr. Carr at:, the Band Office at 770-834-0550 or the Band Boosters at:

Go Trojan Band!
CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters


Notes About Preparing for This Week’s Staff Meals

Thank you again for everyone’s great support in signing up to help provide the potluck-style meals for the band staff during this week of band camp. In preparation for each meal, there are a couple of additional steps that you can do to ensure that this hospitality project goes smoothly:

  • Make sure to bring your items to the upstairs area of the band room at least 30 minutes prior to the meal. (access to the upstairs area is located to the right as you enter the main band room practice area.)
  • Since the band room does not have a traditional food preparation area or supplies;
    • Make sure that if you are bringing food items that need to be served hot/warm, that you bring them pre-warmed.
    • Make sure to bring/provide serving utensils if your dish/items requires such.
  • Note: We have all of the other items like; plates, napkins, eating utensils, cups, ice, etc.

This is a new project for us all and we are learning as we go… so thank you for your support and patience! It is providing great benefit by relieving costs associated with eating out or having meals brought in, allowing the staff to stay on campus, thus avoiding potential schedule delays, and by giving them an opportunity to enjoy home cooked/prepared meals while they are investing their time and energy on behalf of our students.

There are still a few items needed to complete this week’s meals if you can help. To see what is left and sign up, please visit:

Thank you all again for showing your support and true Trojan Spirit as we all invest our time, talents and attention into this wonderful band program!

Joe & Allison Driver
CHS Band Booster Presidents



This Week’s Important Reminders

After a wildly successful week at pre-band camp, we are all anticipating another great week ahead as we move into our regular band camp. There are several things we wanted to remind everyone of to help ensure a successful week and official start to the 2014-2015 school year.

  • (All week) Band Camp: (Required for all members): July 28 – August 1, 2014 • 8:00AM – 8:00PM • Lunch from 11:30AM – 1:00PM • Dinner from 4:00PM – 5:30PM
    We will be joined by extra staff members this week so that students have an opportunity to learn from specialists on their instruments.
  • (All week) Band Staff Meals: If you signed up for providing items for the band staff meals during this week of band camp, please make sure to have your items at the band room at least 30 minutes prior to the meal you signed up for. There are still items needed if you can help fill in the gaps. To see what is left and sign up, please visit:
  • (All week) Band Camp Concession Stand: The concession stand will be available this coming week for both lunch and dinner. This week’s main menu items are as follows:
    • Mon: Lunch—hamburgers;  Dinner—walking tacos
    • Tues: Lunch—hot dogs;  Dinner—meatball sandwich
    • Wed: Lunch–Papa Johns pizza;  Dinner— Chick-Fil-A
    • Thurs: Lunch—BBQ;  Dinner—hot ham & cheese sandwich
    • Friday: A little of this and a little if that….which means whatever we have leftover
      ***Also coming to concessions this week…..NACHOS!!!!!!!
  • (All week) Water Donations: The Band Boosters and staff are asking that all students bring (4) cases of bottled water to band camp to help offset the cost of providing bottled water throughout band camp and the regular marching season. If you have not brought your donation of water, please try to do so this week.
  • (Monday) Final Band Fee Payment Date: If you are utilizing the 3 payment installment plan, the final Band Fee payment date is Monday, July 28th. Band fees can be paid directly to Mrs. Dothard, at the CHS Band Room by cash or check (make checks payable to Carrollton High School Band). New this year… you can pay the base fees via the school’s online payment system which is located on the high school’s homepage, in the upper right corner.  Once you click on the “Online Payments” button it will take you to a new screen where you will see a “Band Fees” icon. Simply click on the Band Fees icon and follow the directions. IMPORTANT NOTE: Only marching band fees can be paid via this particular online system. PLEASE do not attempt to pay your Disney Trip payments through the school’s online system
  • (Tuesday) CHS Trojan Business Day: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014. Students are assigned various times that are to report to the high school cafeteria to take care of varies items in preparation for the start of school on Aug. 11th. Students are asked to handle their business as expeditiously as possible so that the disruption to band camp activities are minimized.
  • (Friday) Trojan Night: August 1, 2014 • 6:00PM
    Trojan Night is a preview performance of the marching show and a way for the students to show what they have learned during the band camps. This is a beginning of the season family celebration, which includes great entertainment and a good meal. All parents and guardians, please make every effort to attend this great preview.
  • (Next week) 2014-2015 Band Forms Due: Tuesday, August 5, 2014. If you have not completed and turned in your 2014-2015 Band Forms located in the 2014 – 2015 CHS Band Handbook, please do so and turn in by Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

If you have any specific questions about any of these items, you can contact Mr. Carr at:, the Band Office at 770-834-0550 or the Band Boosters at:

Get ready for another great week ahead!
CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters


Marching shoe sizing and ordering Wednesday (7/23/14)

Just a reminder that MarchMaster will be here on Wednesday (7/23/14) to size and take orders for marching shoes. As with Ozier, if your student needs shoes, please have them order the correct size tomorrow.

Band camp is going very well! Thank you to Joe Huls, Maria Menendez, Leland Alexander, Krystal Shepherd, Katherine Sevy, Matt Black, Tyler Lyman, and Debra Brown for providing great instruction for our students. Also, our student leadership is doing a fine job setting a great example as well as many vets setting the bar very high for our rookies to achieve. We are improving daily and having a great time. Thank you for your support and extra efforts to allow your children to participate in band at CHS. It’s going to be a terrific year!