Month: October 2014

Show Shirt Refund

Good morning!

I am sorry to have to write this post, but as it is almost the very end of the season and our show shirts have still not arrived, I think it would be best to refund your money at this time.  If you have purchased Show Shirts please see Ms. Dothard for a refund.  We have been trying to communicate with the vendor about the shirts to no prevail.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but promise to consider this when placing shirt orders in the future.

Rest assured, the spirit wear order that is due on Friday is with a different vendor.  We have not had any issues with the spirit wear vendor and are happy to give them our business.

I apologize for this less than ideal solution, I hope that you find it acceptable.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net.

– Mr. Carr

Itineraries & Volunteer Sign-Ups Released for This Week’s Game & Community Pep-Rally

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This week the Trojan Band will take the field yet again in Fayetteville as the Football team takes on Whitewater High School in region play. The band will also participate in a community pep-rally at the AMP located near Adamson Square, off Bradley Street, to begin our Homecoming festivities! This is going to be a great event for our community and a chance to show our community the hard work that our students have been doing since the summer. Please let Mr. Carr know immediately if you are unable to attend this event.

In preparation for this week’s activities, here are the itineraries and volunteer sign-up links so that you can make sure to get involved.

Itineraries

Carrollton vs Whitewater @ Whitewater High School Stadium;  100 Wildcat Way, Fayetteville, Georgia 30215 – Friday, October 17, 2014

  • 2:30pm – Load Truck
  • 4:00pm – Students Report *** Students should bring some money for concessions later in the evening
  • 4:45pm – Students need to be in full uniform
  • 5:00pm – Depart for Fayette County High School
  • 6:30pm –  Arrive at Fayette County High School
  • 7:30pm – Kick-off
  • 10:00pm* – Depart for Carrollton High School*
  • 11:30pm* – Student Pick-up at CHS Band Room

(*approx. times, watch Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates on more precise departure and arrival times)


Community Pep Rally at the AMP in the Carrollton Square, off Bradley Street, Carrollton – Sunday, October 19, 2014 • 4:00PM

  • 3:00pm – Load small equipment trailer @ CHS
  • 3:45pm – Students report to the AMP  ***(Wearing black band shirts & Khaki shorts/pants)
  • 4:00pm – Participate in pep-rally
  • 5:00pm –  Student Pick-up at the AMP
  • 5:30pm – Unload small equipment trailer @ CHS

 Volunteer

To volunteer your time and talents at this week’s game, please sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page.
To volunteer your time and talents at this week’s pep-rally, please sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page.

Please note, these volunteer sign-ups allows us to comply with the school’s request to better manage volunteer gate entry. You must sign-up each week in order to receive volunteer gate entry. For home games we will be issuing volunteer wristbands to those that sign-up, otherwise, you will be asked to purchase a ticket by the gate attendant to enter the game.

Volunteers who sign up to help during half time will need to dress in all black please.

Thank you for your continued support. GO TROJANS!

CHS Band Staff & Band Boosters

-mpost

What a day!

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Good evening!

What a day! That is all there is to say.  I am overjoyed with the effort and pride that our band showed yesterday.  When I say band, what I mean is family.  As we know it takes a village and yesterday everyone was operating with the same goal in mind, which made for an electrified performance.

The day started early even after our late night at Fayette County with band parents and staff tackling the tough obstacle of clearing the bus loop in front of the band building.  The recreation department assisted by making announcements and we had some extremely dedicated parents standing watch to help clear the area.

As you see from the photo above, the students had a very focused and productive final rehearsal before our big performance.  They got started EARLY, with their stretches and carried themselves with pride and integrity throughout the entire day!  I knew from that moment that the students were ready to bring the house down and that they did.

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This ultra focused attitude continued even as the students went to the restroom before warm-up.  They students remained at a relaxed, calm, focused state while waiting in the gym.  It gave us a chance to think about the task at hand and clear our mind before warm-up.  In the warm-up area – the focus of the staff and students continued to be spot on.  I must say that it was pretty special to turn around during the band’s warm-up to see our principal, Dr. Albertus, supporting the students by following them through the warm-up process!

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One judge commented on the sheet that the Carrollton Band was “En Fuego!” and stated that we were clearly the “Fan Favorite.”  This is what performing is all about, entertaining the audience with passion, intensity, and professionalism.  Our students were ROCKSTARS!  It was obvious that the crowd did not stand up just for any band, but our students received a boisterous standing ovation.  You can tell from the looks on their faces that they left it all on the field and created a memory that will stay with them forever.  I am so proud of our students for representing our community with class and integrity.  Yes we brought home some beautiful hardware to show our community, but more importantly you guys put one of the best performances of your lifetime.  Well done!  Following the performance and presentation of awards, Dr. Edwards and Mr. Goodman came by to give their congratulations!  How special is it to have the Director of Strategic Communications, our Principal, and the Superintendent of Schools in attendance at our performance.  I say it again, “What a day!”

As we all know there is a ton of preparation and logistical magic that must happen to have a successful band program.  We are extremely lucky to have one of the best staffs to work with our students.  Thank you so much to Mrs. Dothard, Mr. Robichaux, Mr. Huls, Ms. Menendez, Mrs. Greene, Mr. Lyman, and Mr. Alexander for your hard work and dedication to our students.  All night people were approaching me to compliment your work and the student’s performance.  Thank you for always providing the best instruction for our students!  I am honored to call you colleagues and appreciate your camaraderie in leading our students to be leaders in our community.

The logistical magic is created by our band parents! WOW!  I am still in awe of the organized crew that shows up at the right time to load the trailer, assemble props, feed the students, pass out uniforms and fix the broken ones, carry extra uniform parts, chaperone the buses, keep the parents in the loop with website posts, offer moral support and love, and to work through any and all problems that may arise with a cooperatively calm cool attitude that makes it fun to work with.  You guys are pros and we are so fortunate to have you as part of our team.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

Days like yesterday make me excited about the future.  That was our first competitive performance together, but definitely not our last.  We now have the opportunity to celebrate what we have accomplished but more importantly to build on what we have established and work together to make our next performances even better!  I look forward to beginning that journey tomorrow as we reflect on yesterday’s performance and continue our quest as a band family.  Congratulations!

Honored,

-Mr. Carr

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do! We’ve Got Spirit, How About You?

ItemsThe Band Boosters are excited to announce the availability of some new CHS Trojan Band spirit items. At this time the items we are making available are: a hoodie, a sweatshirt, a baseball cap, a car magnet and a vinyl auto window decal. To get your band spirit items you can download the order form from this link: CHS Trojan Band spirit item order form or pick one up from Mrs. Dothard or Mr. Carr at the CHS Band Room.

So that we can hopefully get these items back before the end of the season we are asking that all order forms and payments be turned in by next Friday, October 17th, 2014. No orders will be accepted without payments and no extras of the hoodies, sweatshirts or caps 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

We do plan to offer more items as some point, but it may be next season, so don’t miss this opportunity to get your CHS Band spirit items now! If you have suggestions or items you would like for us to offer, please let us know by emailing us at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com

To see examples of the spirit items currently available, click on the appropriate thumbnail below.
Please note these are fore example purposes only, final products could vary slightly.

 Hoodie_Example CHS Trojan Band
Black Hoodie –
Screen printed with distressed design
 Sweatshirt_Example CHS Trojan Band
Black Sweatshirt
– Screen printed with distressed design
 MainLogoHat-01 CHS Trojan Band
Black Adjustable Baseball Style Cap: –
Embroidered
MainLogoONLYMagnetLarge CHS Trojan Band
Car Magnet
 MainLogoONLYDecal-01 CHS Trojan Band
Vinyl Car Window Decal

 

Don’t Be That Guy

that-guyWe’ve all been in the wrong place at the wrong time… sometimes it’s because of bad choices, sometimes it’s because we don’t listen and still sometimes it’s because we simply don’t know any better. So with that last scenario in mind, let’s talk about parking and picking up students after away games or any away events, like competitions.

We can agree that we all have the same goal in mind, which is we want to get our kid(s) and get home as soon as possible! So how do we work together to achieve that? The first step is understanding the band parking area and the requirements needed for getting the buses in and out, as well as allowing the equipment transfer truck and tailor access and maneuvering space to turn around, park and unload. In order for this process to happen smoothly and efficiently the entire entrance and loop area in front of the band room must be kept completely clear prior to the return of the students and equipment from an away event. This includes the cars of parents or students who may be on the trip themselves. The only exception to this is the back parking area where band staff and officers are allowed to park during band activities.

Please take note of the entire area shaded red on the aerial photo included in this post and when you come to pick up your student from an away event, do not attempt to enter this area before the equipment trailor and buses have parked and begun to unload. It is impossible for the transfer truck to navigate this area when there are cars already in this area and we will have to ask you to move if you are parked within it, which causes unnecessary delays for everyone. Staying out of this area not only ensures a speedy and successful entry into the unloading area but it also reduces the chances of any possible damage to cars that may be parked within this area or the chances of anyone being injured. We will always try to block this area off to prevent entry, but regardless of whether you see barriers or not, please understand and comply with this policy.Parking Guide

One last thing to consider is that regardless of where you are parked, no students are allowed to leave until the equipment truck is unloaded and their instruments/flags and uniforms are properly put away. If you would like to help speed this process along, please consider assisting the students and boosters in unloading the equipment truck when it arrives. As mentioned earlier, if we all work together, we all get home sooner.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. We hope this information is helpful to everyone, but especially to our new parents/guardians. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Band Staff or Band Booster Officers or email us at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

Thank you all for your continued support.

CHS Band Staff and Booster Officers

-Mpost