Month: July 2015

YouTube Celebrity Drummer, Casey Cooper, Visits Trojan Band Camp

CaseyCooperGrpLast Friday, during the first week of Carrollton’s Band Camp, the students were privileged to a surprise visit by YouTube Celebrity Drummer, Casey Cooper. Casey, otherwise known as “COOP3RDRUMM3R,” to his more than 700,000 YouTube subscribers, was a former student of Carrollton Band Director, Chris Carr, when they both were at South Paulding High School.

Casey who is a native of Arlington, Texas, currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and attends Georgia State University. Playing drums since he was a young child, Casey has now reach super star status in the drumming world thanks to a lot of hard work, dedication, and a passion for entertaining. His big break came when his cover of Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” was voted to the top on the featured page at Reddit, garnering the video 1 million views in just 48 hours. As of January 2015 his YouTube channel was the most viewed and subscribed to YouTube drumming channel per day in the world averaging 190,000 views per day. His channel receives over 2.5 millions views every month, with some individual videos topping over 4 millions views alone.

CaseyCooper at Carrollton High Band CampNow 23, Casey still remembers his former band director fondly and is eager to give Mr. Carr credit for helping to inspire, motivate, and guide his development as a musician. Casey also embodies those qualities as he tries to inspire, teach, and share his love for the drums and music. During his visit to CHS Casey spoke with Carrollton band students offering them advice, motivation, and a living example that hard work, perseverance, and true passion can take you to incredible heights.

The Carrollton Trojan Band is very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Casey and we are also grateful to have his mentor, Mr. Carr, at the helm of our band program. Great things are in store for this historic band program and we couldn’t be prouder to be members and supporters of the Carrollton Trojan Marching Band.

To see Casey in action, make sure to visit his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/COOP3RDRUMM3R

You can also find Casey on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/THECOOP3RDRUMM3R
Instagram: https://instagram.com/coop3rdrumm3r
Twitter: https://twitter.com/coop3rdrumm3r
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Eight Important Reminders For This Week

8After a very  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 about to help ensure another successful week.

  • (All week) Band Camp (Required for all members): July 27 – July 31, 2015 8:00am – 9:00pm • Lunch from 11:30am – 1:00pm • Dinner from 4:00pm – 6:00pm (lunch/dinner not provided) We will be joined by extra staff members so that students have an opportunity to learn from specialists on their instruments. Camp will culminate in a parent preview performance on Friday evening (more details below). Parents will need to send or bring lunch & dinner for your student(s) each day, except for dinner on Friday.
  • (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 note the times and days that you signed up for and bring your items pre-warmed. Thank you to those who have already signed up to help with this hospitality project but we still need more help as there are still items needed. If you haven’t signed up yet, please help! View details and sign up now! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054AADAF2AABFD0-20152
  • (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 & Color Guard Fee Payment Date: July 27th, 2014. If you are utilizing the 3 payment installment plan, the final payment date is Monday, July 27th. Band, Color Guard & Winter Guard fees are paid directly to Carrollton High School and can be paid in person at the high school office via cash, money order or credit/debit card. Please note that Carrollton High School no longer accepts personal checks. For your convenience CHS also offers a secure online payment option for band fees, which is directly accessible by clicking this link: https://carrolltonhs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=33
    • If you have any questions regarding Band, Color Guard & Winter Guard fees, please contact the band room at 770-834-0550 or email Mrs. Barbara Dothard, Band Secretary, at:  barbara.dothard@carrolltoncityschools.net
    • Also, don’t forget to pay for other required items: Other miscellaneous items that need to be paid for, that are not part of the band fees, include: garment bags, band shirts, gloves, flip folders, etc. If you have questions about these other items, please contact the Band Office at 770-834-0550.
  • (Tuesday) CHS Trojan Business Day: Tuesday, July 28th, 2014. Students are assigned various times that they are to report to the high school cafeteria to take care of various items in preparation for the start of school on Aug. 6th. Students will be released from camp at their appointed times but are asked to handle their business as expeditiously as possible so that the disruption to band camp activities are minimized.
  • (Tuesday) Order Band Shoes: July 28, 2015 • 12:00pm – 2:00pm. March Master will be at the band room to take orders for band shoes (required for all members). Students will try on the shoes to ensure proper fit. If students already have band shoes from previous seasons and they still fit, they do not have to order another pair.  The cost is $38.00. March Master will only accept cash or credit cards (MC, VISA and AMEX).
  • (Friday) Trojan Night: July 31, 2015 • 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 a good meal, great entertainment, and concludes with our candlelight ceremony. It is important that all parents try to attend this event not only to support and celebrate your student’s successes but also because the boosters will be providing valuable information that will help ensure a successful season.
  • (Next week) Football Program Band Photos: Monday, August 3, 2015  6:00pm: We will be taking the band photos for the Trojan football program at the end of our practice on this day, so please expect to get done a little later than normal. Parents of seniors need to attend to have your photo taken with your senior, please arrive at 6:00pm.  Senior photos will be taken after the full band photo, which will be taken first.  We are hoping the be finished with all pictures by about 7:30pm. We will take a full band photo, senior photos, and section photos for the program.

If you have any specific questions about any of these items, you can contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net, the Band Office at 770-834-0550 or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com. We’ll see everybody next week! CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters _mpost

I was the hero that day!

HerosMany years ago when my daughter, Lainey, was almost three, she was riding the Kiddie go-carts in Florida for the first time. Not long after the start she was bumped and spun out and turned sideways on the track. I could see that she was crying from where I stood.  I ran through the gate, racing towards her on the track and picked my daughter up carrying her back safely out of harm’s way! It would have been no more dramatic had I rescued her from a burning building! :-). She vividly remembers that day and still calls me her “hero”!  YOU CAN BE YOUR CHILD’S HERO TOO!

Be the “hero” for your your child in BAND!  There are so many “heroic” opportunities that band provides to show your child that you will ALWAYS be there for them!  They may act like it’s not a big deal if you are involved or not, but it SO IS!  Are you ready to be a HERO to your child?  SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER TODAY :-).

Here is your first opportunity!

The Band Boosters will be providing potluck-style meals, lunch & dinner, for the band staff during the second week of our band camp, July 27th – July 31st. This hospitality project will provide 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.

We have created a simple signup form that allows you to selects day(s), meal(s), item(s), and duties. If everyone will step up and claim a couple of items, we can knock this project out of the park and show the staff how much we appreciate them. So, will you take this opportunity to be the “Hero”?

View details and sign up now! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054AADAF2AABFD0-20152
*Please note, you do not have to have a SigUpGenius.com account to participate, but you will have to provide your name, email and phone number so that we can get in touch with you if needed. Also, please note that Dinner on July 31st is already taken care of by Trojan Family Night.

Remember, Carrollton Trojan Band Booster Club membership is open to all alumni, and parents/guardians of current and former CHS Band, Color Guard & Winter Guard students. Annual Band Booster dues are $35.00 per family and are due by August 1st each year (visit here for more details).

“Heroically” yours, 🙂

Joe Driver
CHS Band Booster President

 

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Important Things You Need to Know – July 2015

NeedtoknowAs the beginning of band camp quickly approaches, we wanted to take a minute to provide you with some important details and information.

  • Band Camp Schedule & Other Details:
    • Pre-Camp (Required for all members): July 20 – 24, 2015 • 8:00am – 5:00pm • Lunch from 12:00pm – 1:30pm (lunch not provided)
      We will work on fundamentals and begin learning the show. Parents will need to send or bring lunch for your student(s) each day.
    • Pay for Garment Bags:  We have decided on a new garment bag this year in an effort to reduce the cost and size. The cost for garment bags this year is only $5.00! They are basic black garment bags with our band logo screen printed on them. Garment bags are required for all members to travel with the band uniform.  Pay the $5.00 to Ms. Dothard during band camp, cash only please.
    • Pay for Flip Folders: All students are required to own a flip folder to organize their music in the stands.  Each flip folder is $5.00.  Please bring the $5.00 in cash at the same time you pay for your garment bag to Ms. Dothard.  Extra pages for flip folders are also available for $.50 each.
    • Order Duffel Bags: July 21, 2015 • 12:00pm – 1:30PM • Ozier Apparel will be at the band room to take orders for duffel Bags. Duffel bags are required for Color Guard, but anyone can purchase one.  The cost will be $37.50. Cash and checks will be accepted. Please make checks payable to Ozier Apparel.
    • Order Band Shoes: July 28, 2015 • 12:00pm – 2:00pm
      March Master will be at the band room to take orders for band shoes (required for all members). Students will try on the shoes to ensure proper fit. If students already have band shoes from previous seasons and they still fit, they do not have to order another pair.  The cost is $38.00. March Master will only accept cash or credit cards (MC, VISA and AMEX).
    • CHS Trojan Business Day: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015. 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. 6th. Students are asked to handle their business as expeditiously as possible so that the disruption to band camp activities are minimized.
    • Band Camp (Required for all members): July 27 – July 31, 2015 8:00am – 9:00pm • Lunch from 12:00pm – 1:30pm • Dinner from 4:30pm – 6:00pm (lunch/dinner not provided)
      We will be joined by extra staff members so that students have an opportunity to learn from specialists on their instruments. Camp will culminate in a parent preview performance on Friday evening. Parents will need to send or bring lunch & dinner for your student(s) each day.
    • Trojan Night: July 31, 2015 • 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 a good meal, great entertainment, and concludes with our candlelight ceremony.
  • Watch for Sign-Up to Help Provide Band Staff Meals During Second Week of Band Camp: We will be feeding the band staff again this year and will need people to volunteer to cook, serve, set-up and clean-up, so please be watching for that post and sign-up within the next couple of days.
  • Water Donations: The Band Boosters and staff are asking that all students bring four cases of bottled water to band camp to help offset the cost of providing bottled water throughout band camp and the regular marching season.
  • Final Band & Color Guard Fee Payment Date: If you are utilizing the 3 payment installment plan, the final Band Fee payment date is Monday, July 27th.
  • Football Program Band Photos: August 3, 2015  6:00pm: We will be taking the band photos for the Trojan football program at the end of our practice on this day, so please expect to get done a later than normal. Parents of seniors need to attend to have your photo taken with your senior, please arrive at 6:00pm.  Senior photos will be taken after the full band photo, which will be taken first.  We are hoping the be finished with pictures by about 7:30pm. We will take a full band photo, senior photos, and section photos for the program. 

If you have any specific questions about any of these items, you can contact Mr. Carr at: christopher.carr@carrolltoncityschools.net or the Band Boosters at: chstrojanbands@gmail.com.

We’ll see everybody next week!
CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters

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How to Survive Band Camp

Good morning!! I wanted to re-share this wonderful article written by Mr. Post last year. With camps starting next week, it is very important that we all read this and continue hydrating. The post also shares some great resources at the bottom for more information.

Next week’s schedule will be 8:00am-12:00pm, Lunch until 1:30, and then 1:30pm – 5:00pm. We will be inside and outside throughout the week, so be sure to be prepared to battle the sun: Light clothing, shorts, tennis shoes, socks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc.

I look forward to seeing everyone and having a wonderful start to an amazing year!!!

CHS Trojan Band

BandCamp2With our band camps just a week away, I’m sure there are a lot of rookie students and parents wondering just how to prepare themselves for band camp. With that in mind I prepared a short list of tips that I complied from several insightful articles that should help our newcomers and veteran band members better prepare for this year’s band camps.

  • Be prepared. Make sure to have water, instrument, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.
  • Early is on time.  Always arrive a few minutes early. Remember that you need time to gather your things and get to the practice area.
  • Try your hardest. Band camp will go a lot smoother is you make a decent effort at marching and playing your instrument.
  • Be optimistic and don’t complain. Complaining or bellyaching is extremely annoying to everyone and ultimately unhelpful.
  • Make friends. Get to know your classmates, your section, whoever is sitting or…

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