Month: December 2014

Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl Reminders

For those participating in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl this week, please be reminded of the following itineraries that begin bright and early Tuesday morning!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
This is the day of the Mass Band Rehearsal.  Students should wear blue jeans and black band shirts.

  • 5:30am band room open
  • 6:00am report time – stage instruments in garage as soon as you arrive.
  • 6:30am depart from CHS for the GA Dome
  • 7:30am arrive at the GA Dome
  • 8:00am mass band rehearsal
  • 12:00pm rehearsal ends – students travel to the Varsity for Lunch (students need money)
  • 1:30pm depart for CHS
  • 2:30pm arrive back at CHS*
    (*approx. times, watch CHS Tojan Band Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
This is the day of the bowl game. Students will be wearing their uniforms.

  • 5:15am band room open
  • 5:30am report time
  • 5:45am depart for parade line-up in Atlanta
  • 7:00am parade report
  • 9:00am parade step-off
    • following the parade the students will enter “Fanfest” – Students may want to purchase food as an early lunch?  Could be slightly cheaper than eating at the game? (students need money)
  • 12:00pm stage for pre-game
  • 12:30pm Kick-Off
    • students will be able to visit concessions for lunch (students need money)
  • Approx. 4:30pm game ends
  • Approx. 6:00pm return to CHS*
    (*approx. times, watch CHS Tojan Band Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)


Music for the bowl game can be downloaded from Charms.  Also, all students who are participating need to return the participation waiver by Tuesday, December 16.  You can download it from Charms as well.

Announcing Kayden Cookie Greene

Wonderful morning!! Please help me in congratulating Krystal and Tim for the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Kayden Cookie Greene. I just received this message from Cookie through Ms. Dothard: “Good morning! Kayden Cookie Greene
5lbs 13ounces 19.5 inches
Born at 10:13pm last night. All are doing fine.”

So happy for our growing Trojan Band Family!


Band Audition Results

Good evening!

I just wanted to take a minute to post audition results.  Before I post them I wanted to take a minute to recognize our top 10 auditions.  These students scored highest out of all students!  These students scores were all above 150 points and the top score was over 200!  Please help me congratulate the following:

  1. Hannah Johnson
  2. Emma Eddleman
  3. Caleb Whitworth
  4. Luke Bass
  5. Daniel Kuntz
  6. Natan Skinner
  7. Alex Madden
  8. Ross Gordon
  9. Kalia Holland
  10. Angela Pham

It is a huge honor to be listed among these top 10, because with more than 100 members in our band you are our top 10%!  Thank you for setting the bar high and pushing each other to do better!

I also want to mention our top 20 most improved wind students!  I wish that I could include percussion, but this was their first assessment with this rubric.  I can include them after the next audition.  The following students improved their scores by at least 27 points!  I am impressed by your handwork and excited for the future of our program.

  1. Keonna Stanley
  2. Madison Grubbs
  3. Chase Hornsby
  4. Nathan Skinner
  5. Parker Reed
  6. Ben Herndon
  7. Abrie’l Murphy
  8. Rebekah Cole
  9. Rachel Ivestor
  10. Katahj Copley
  11. Alex Madden
  12. Emily Chesser
  13. Kendall Ozier
  14. Zach Beecham
  15. Will Rollins
  16. Tamera Wilkerson
  17. Alyssa Moore
  18. Briahna Williams
  19. Eli Redick
  20. Haynes Driver

Below are links to the audition results.  Keep in mind that some of you will be extremely excited and others a little disappointed.  Before you brag about your results on social media, please keep your band mates in mind and celebrate appropriately.  You are to be commended for a job well done, but all of our members are important to having a great band program and we want to encourage all students to continue improving and trying their best everyday.  If you are disappointed, remember that you have another audition close to the end of the upcoming semester.  You can start today with practicing your scales, chromatic scales, and use to improve your sight-reading skills.  Also, I am available before or after school to assist you in your practicing.  I will help you learn to practice better to achieve higher, just ask and I would be happy to make time for you.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful break!  I look forward to seeing you in a few days at the Chick-fil-a Bowl!

Wind Ensemble • Spring 2015

Symphonic Band • Spring 2015

CHS Band send 8 to the 2nd audition for GMEA All-State Band

Good afternoon!

I hope that everyone is having a Magnificent Monday!  I just wanted to write a note announcing that all 8 of our students who were accepted into the District Honor Band have also qualified to attend the second round auditions for the All-State Band!  Auditions will take place on January 10, 2015 at Houston County High School!  Please congratulate Luke Bass, Carter Culwell, Ross Gordon, Maggi Hines, Daniel Kuntz, Eric Mejia, Nathan Skinner, and Caleb Whitworth if you get a chance on being recommended to audition for the All-State Band! Recommendation is based on making a minimum score at the first round, which also served as their District Honor Band audition.  So proud of our students at Carrollton for striving to be the best!

Mr. Carr

GMEA District VII Honor Band Results

Good morning!

GMEA just released the rosters for district honor band and I am proud to announce the students who have earned the honor to represent Carrollton High School! Out of the thousands of students who auditioned on Saturday, we had 8 students stand out! Before I congratulate the students who were selected, I would like to recognize all of the students who made the commitment and auditioned on Saturday. Those who set the goal to audition are the students who are leading our band to new levels and setting a legacy continuing our tradition of excellence in all that we do. These students made personal goals and spent extra time practicing above and beyond what was required in band class. You’ve participated in a journey that might not have had the outcome that you desired, but because of the journey you are smarter, stronger, and more prepared for the next time. Not to mention you now have an experience that not all of our band students have experienced, which makes you a leader amongst our students. BRAVO for putting your fears aside and doing your best to reach higher! Students, please congratulate all of our students for trying out!

The following students deserve an extra congratulations for their selection into the district honor band! Click on the band name for a hyperlink to the full rosters and to see chair placement.

9-10 Concert Band
Maggi Hines, trumpet

11-12 Symphonic Band
Luke Bass, tuba
Carter Culwell, bassoon
Ross Gordon, trumpet
Daniel Kuntz, clarinet
Eric Mejia, euphonium
Nathan Skinner, trombone
Caleb Whitworth, euphonium

So proud of everyone’s efforts! Great job representing our school with class and putting your best foot forward. See you tomorrow!