Month: January 2015

Are You Ready? Important Last Minute Disney Trip Details!

disney world_2015Well when we planned our Disney trip over ten months ago it seemed as if the departure date would never arrive, but here we are with just a little over a week to go before we hit the road to Walt Disney World! While at Disney we will represent our school and community to an international crowd of thousands and show them that what a “Gold Standard” school system and band program is all about, so we ask our community to keep us all in your thoughts and prayers for safe travel and a wonderful time.

As we make our final preparations for our trip there are some very important updates and reminders we wanted to share:

  • Disney Chaperones – There will be a MANDATORY chaperone meeting this coming Tuesday, January 20th at 6:00pm in the CHS Band Room. Chaperones, this is were you will get the details about your assignments and responsibilities, so it is imperative that you attend this meeting.
  • Disney T-Shirts – We will begin distributing Disney t-shirts very soon, possible towards the middle to end of next week, just in time to get them packed and ready to go!
  • Updated Itinerary; Re: Departure TimeThis is a very important update! Since we are leaving on a regularly scheduled school day, we want to ensure that our departure does not cause any disruptions to the school buses that use the turn-around in front of the band room. So we are pushing our report time on Wednesday, Jan. 28th from 7:00am to 7:30am. Please, if at all possible, DO NOT REPORT EARLIER THAN 7:30AM. If you must drop your student(s) off prior to 7:30am, please utilize another location on campus so that can easily walk to the band room, like the horseshoe loop above the band room, which is accessible from Trojan Dr./Frances Pl. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding… trust us, no one wants to be “that guy” on a regular school day!

For your convenience, we re-posting the links to all of the 2015 Disney Trip forms below, which have been and are still accessible from the “Form” page of our website.

These forms should answer about just any question you can think of, but if not, please contact the band room at: 770-834-0550 or email the boosters at:

CHS Band Staff and CHS Band Boosters



Concert Dress Fittings on Friday

Attention female band students and parents:

FittingsFriday, January 16th (tomorrow) during 1st & 2nd blocks (7:45am-10:54am), a seamstress will be coming to the band room to perform concert band dress fittings. If you ordered a dress through the band, Ms. Dothard will have those, but any student that purchased a concert dress from a previous band member or received a donated dress that needs to be fitted, please bring it with you on Friday.  Also, remember to bring your dress shoes to the fitting as well for accurate hemming.
If you have questions please call Mrs. Dothard at the band room: 770-834-0550
CHS Band Staff

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade Itinerary

MLKday_bannerThe Carrollton High School Trojan Marching Band is proud to participate in this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in downtown Carrollton, Ga., on Monday, January 19th, 2015. The parade will start at 11:00am and we invite all of our families, friends and supporters to come out to see us in our last official appearance before we head off to Walt Disney World at the end of the month.

The itinerary for our marching band students is as follows:


  • 9:00 am – Students report to CHS Band Room
  • 9:30 am – Call-time in full marching uniform
  • 9:45 am – Depart for staging location, near Dairy Queen lot
  • 11:00 am – Parade begins
  • 12:00 am – Arrive back at Band Room; unload trailer; change out of uniforms, student pick-up

The FIRST LEGO League… Helping to Build a Better Band

IMG_7724The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics team at Carrollton Junior High School has completed a remarkable project that will allow a fellow CJHS classmate, Abby Richards, who is challenged with blindness and upper body weakness, to pursue her dream of marching with the Carrollton High School Marching Band next year. The team, which is composed of Will Brown, Thomas Harris, Barak Kizunga, Reese Lawrence, Chase McDaniel, PJ Sanders, Thomas Svegl, Alice Szymkiewicz, Kendall Ussery, Mckenna Walker, and coaches Luke Young, Meredith Harris and Jason Svegl, was challenged with the mission to create a solution that would help someone learn. The result was “The BEAT” which stands for “Band for Everyone Accessibility Tool.”

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FLL team members Alice Szymkiewicz and Kendall Ussery demonstrates “The BEAT” harness.

The device is a harness that assists Abby in holding her trumpet so that she has a free hand to be guided around the marching field by an assistant. Another amazing aspect of the project is a video game controller that was reconfigured to transmit a vibration to the device allowing her to feel tempo changes from the conductor. Abby and her family have been overwhelmed by the team’s ingenuity, energy and determination in devising a real-world solution to enable her to realize her goals of fully participating in high school band activities. The team’s efforts have not gone unnoticed by other band programs either as they have received interest in the device from band directors at Louisiana State University and Ohio State University.

The BEAT device garnered the team fourth place overall in a regional event last month in Griffin, GA, earning them a chance to present their project in the super-regional competition this weekend in Columbus, Ga. Those associated with the Carrollton Band Programs appreciate the FLL team’s commitment to excellence in assisting band member Abby Richards and congratulates them on their success, as well as wishes them continued success at future competitions.