Month: September 2015

Short Week Ahead!

FunImageEven though it is a short week and an open week too, we want to give everyone a few quick reminders about our activities for this week.

  • Monday & Tuesday – Full Band Practices as usual – 3:15pm – 6:15pm
  • Wednesday – Jazz Band Practice –  After-school till 4:00pm
  • Thursday – No school – No Practice!
  • Friday – No school – No football game!

Other reminders:

  • All-In-One Sale ContinuesPlease keep selling until October 16th!!! This is one of our annual fundraisers that the Band Boosters do to provide funding for all of the supporting items that we provide for our students and band staff throughout the year. Strong participation from all parents, guardians and students in this fundraiser helps keep band fees as low as possible. Packets or extras forms can be picked up at the band room.
  • Student Drop off and Pick-Up Reminders – Please do not pull through the loop in front of the band room while the buses are dropping off or picking up students, which is typically from 6:30am until 7:15am in the morning and from 2:00pm until 2:45pm in the afternoon. During these times if you must approach the band room, keep to the left and proceed to the parking lot to the side of the band room for drop off or pick up. Please use extreme caution and yield to all bus traffic at all times.
  • Legacy of Champions –  Our competition is just 12 days away! Please remember your to honor your volunteer commitment. A detailed volunteer schedule should be posted by the end of next week.
    • We are also need some assistance securing a few last minute food items. If you can help out with any of the following items, please sign up here: LoC Food Items Needed

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.

CHS Band Staff  & Band Boosters

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This Week’s Reminders! Busy Week Ahead

busyGood evening!  We have a very busy week ahead and a few more in the approaching weeks.  On top of that, we are currently in the middle of our All-In-One Sale.  If your child has not picked up their packet, please remind them to see Ms. Dothard or Mr. Carr so that they can help us achieve our goal.  We would love to see every family sale at least 20 items.  We have been very blessed in the past with some extremely talented sales people leading the charge by selling hundreds of items and they have agreed to continue selling this year!  Let’s all rally behind their leadership and have a record year in sales!  All students who sell at least 10 items by next Friday can visit Mr. Carr with proof of their sales for their choice of a Chick-fil-A or Papa John’s coupon.

  • Monday: Band Practice from 3:15pm-6:15pm
  • Carroll County Band Exhibition – Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – Volunteers still needed – Make sure to sign-up
    The Carroll County Band Exhibition is hosted by Central-Carroll High School at Richards’ Stadium. The exhibition will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature marching bands from: Mt. Zion, Bowdon, Temple, Villa Rica, Carrollton, Central-Carroll and the University of West. Admission is $6.00 and all gate proceeds support the Dr. Norman L Padgett Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a Carroll County graduate who will be studying Music Education at the collegiate level. Because of this, no passes will be accepted at the gate.

    • Here are the details about the event and the itinerary for the day.

      Event/Performance Schedule

      6:30 PM National Anthem and Recognition of dignitaries

      6:45 PM Bowdon H. S.

      7:05 PM Mount Zion H.S.

      7:25 PM Temple H. S.

      7:50 PM Villa Rica H. S. (CHS Band will watch from the track – in full uniform)

      8:20 PM Carrollton H. S.

      8:50 PM Central-Carroll H. S.

      9:15 PM Univ. of West Georgia


      CHS Band Itinerary:

      3:15 PM Students report to the practice field

      4:00 PM Load the Truck

      4:45 PM Uniform check in the band room

      5:00 PM Load Buses

      5:15 PM Depart for Central HS

      5:30 PM Unload at Central

      6:00 PM Warm-Up

      6:30 PM Performance of National Anthem
      * Students will be permitted to attend the concession stand after the National Anthem, but will need to be back in the stands for the performance of each band.  We will remain in full uniform all evening.

      7:35 PM Report to track

      9:30 PM Load buses to depart for CHS

      10:00 PM Depart for CHS

      *10:15 PM Unload equipment
      *Students are dismissed after putting away their equipment.  We will update times via Facebook, Twitter, and text to give you a more accurate pick up time.


      Volunteer Sign-up:

      We will need lots of help to support the band to ensure they can deliver an outstanding performance at the exhibition. Please sign up to volunteer your time and talents at this special exhibition by clicking on either of the following links: sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page. Also remember that beginning with this event,volunteers will need to dress in all black, (black shirts and black pants/shorts) please.

  • Thursday: Band Practice from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (White Out)
    • Competition Committee Meeting at 6:00pm
  • Friday: Home Game vs. Banneker • Sign up here to volunteer
    • 6:15PM  Report in Uniform in Band Room
    • 6:30PM  Pre-game run through
    • 7:00PM Pre-game
    • 7:30PM Kick-Off
    • 10:00pm* – Student pick-up
      *(approx. times; watch Facebook, Twitter & text messages for updates)

Help Us Support Our Trojans

carrollton-trojans-helmetIn support of OUR Trojan football team and coaching staff, the band students and staff will be making signs, cards, and posters to encourage the team.  We also want to fix a basket of goodies to give them and need your help to bring in suggested items like: crackers, cookies, granola bars, chips, candy, etc.

After band practice on Thursday night (9/18/15), band students and staff will decorate the football field house with our signs, cards, etc., and goody basket so when they come in of Friday morning it will be a nice surprise from the band gang!!
This activity is voluntary but we hope that everyone will participate in some way.

 

GO TROJANS!

Top 3 Things to Know Today

top3With the week flying by, here are the top 3 things you need to know today!

  • All-In One Fundraiser Kick-Off/Packet Pick-up Tomorrow: Our annual All-In-One Fruit & Meat Fundraiser kicks-off this week on Thursday, September 17th, 2015. This is one of our annual fundraisers that the Band Boosters do to provide funding for all of the supporting items that we provide for our students and band staff throughout the year. Strong participation from all parents, guardians and students in this fundraiser helps keep band fees as low as possible. So please make plans to stop by the band room this Thursday between 8:00pm and 9:00pm to pick-up your All-In-One fundraiser packet. All band/guard students will have a packet that will need to be picked up. The fundraiser will last from September 17th, 2014 until October 16th, 2014. A downloadable version of the All-In-One fundraiser packet will be available soon under the “Fundraisers” and ‘Forms” section of our website for those that cannot make it by this Thursday.
  • Final Show Shirt Order Ends Tomorrow: This is your last chance to own one of the 2105 Defying Gravity show shirts. Orders will be taken until 9pm Thursday, Sept. 17th, 2015. Shirts are due to arrive by our next home game against Banneker, 9/25/15. Order forms are available in the band room, and online by clicking here or visiting the Forms area of our website. Orders should be dropped off at the band room in a sealed, clearly marked envelope and deposited in the Band Booster box located on the wall behind Ms. Dothard’s desk by 9pm Thursday, 9/17/15. Make sure to include your completed order form and full payment; make checks payable to Trojan Band Boosters.
  • Carroll County Band Exhibition – Next Tuesday, September 22, 2015 • Volunteers needed
    The Carroll County Band Exhibition is hosted by Central-Carroll High School at Richards’ Stadium. The exhibition will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature marching bands from: Mt. Zion, Bowdon, Temple, Villa Rica, Carrollton, Central-Carroll and the University of West. Admission is $6.00 and all gate proceeds support the Dr. Norman L Padgett Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a Carroll County graduate who will be studying Music Education at the collegiate level. Because of this, no passes will be accepted at the gate.

    Here are the details about the event and the itinerary for the day.

    Event/Performance Schedule

    6:30 PM National Anthem and Recognition of dignitaries

    6:45 PM Bowdon H. S.

    7:05 PM Mount Zion H.S.

    7:25 PM Temple H. S.

    7:50 PM Villa Rica H. S. (CHS Band will watch from the track – in full uniform)

    8:20 PM Carrollton H. S.

    8:50 PM Central-Carroll H. S.

    9:15 PM Univ. of West Georgia


    CHS Band Itinerary:

    3:15 PM Students report to the practice field

    4:00 PM Load the Truck

    4:45 PM Uniform check in the band room

    5:00 PM Load Buses

    5:15 PM Depart for Central HS

    5:30 PM Unload at Central

    6:00 PM Warm-Up

    6:30 PM Performance of National Anthem
    * Students will be permitted to attend the concession stand after the National Anthem, but will need to be back in the stands for the performance of each band.  We will remain in full uniform all evening.

    7:35 PM Report to track

    9:30 PM Load buses to depart for CHS

    10:00 PM Depart for CHS

    *10:15 PM Unload equipment
    *Students are dismissed after putting away their equipment.  We will update times via Facebook, Twitter, and text to give you a more accurate pick up time.


    Volunteer Sign-up:

    We will need lots of help to support the band to ensure they can deliver an outstanding performance at the exhibition. Please sign up to volunteer your time and talents at this special exhibition by clicking on either of the following links: sign-up now or visit our Volunteer page. Also remember that beginning with this event, volunteers will need to dress in all black, (black shirts and black pants/shorts) please.

 

A Tough Decision Regarding This Week’s Itinerary

MainLogoSome away games pose extreme challenges logistically when trying to determine the itinerary for departure times and predicting arrival times for the evening.   Such is the case this week as we tried to compose our schedule for the Trojan’s away game against North Hall High School in Gainesville, Ga.

Our band program is heavily supported by our school and by the school system.  Our director of transportation has been working diligently to help us secure buses to travel to all of our away games and even did all he could to check in to the band possibly departing early this week because of the logistics of traveling through Atlanta during rush hour traffic on Friday evenings and following the heavy traffic patterns to Gainesville.  Understanding that the transportation department’s first priority is getting students home safely from school, we realized that buses would not be available to us until roughly 4:30pm on Friday. This departure time would put us at the mercy of rush hour traffic with an already arduous 2 hour trip under normal circumstances, and our arrival could be well after the start of the game.

Additionally, today we learned that Friday night is North Hall’s Homecoming game. North Hall graciously invited us to perform before the game, but with being uncertain if we could make it on time, it was better to not plan on performing before the game.

So today, after much discussion between Band Director Chris Carr and CHS Principal Dr. Mark Albertus, they have determined the best course of action and the best decision for the band is to not attend the game against North Hall this Friday in Gainesville. This was not a decision that was made lightly or without much consideration. Mr. Carr and the entire band program love supporting the Trojan Football team, Cheerleaders, students, and fans. We love representing and inspiring the spirit of the Trojan Nation through our music and cheers and truly wish circumstances would have allowed us to attend the game and perform our show for everyone in attendance. We hope that you do not find this decision disappointing and also hope that you will understand and support it knowing that it was made with the best intentions.  Dr. Albertus recommended that this plan might be best for our band students considering that we have a very important performance next Tuesday at the Carroll County Band Exhibition and would greatly benefit from the rehearsal time, especially considering the rained-out practices that we have had these past few weeks.

With the decision made, the Trojan Band will remain on the Carrollton Campus, at Grisham Stadium this Friday night, where we will practice and work on getting our show ready for the Carroll County Band Exhibition and for next week’s home game against Banneker when we will perform our complete Defying Gravity show for the first time in front of our home crowd.

Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support. If you would like to see a sneak peek of our full show, you are welcome to come to the end of our Saturday practice around 8:30pm or to the Carroll County Exhibition at Central High School next Tuesday for a preview. If we don’t see you then, we hope to see you next Friday night as we dare to truly Defy Gravity for the first time!

This Week’s Full/Modified Itinerary

  • Tuesday (9/15) – Full Band Practice; 3:15pm-6:15pm
  • Thursday (9/17)
    • Full Band Practice; 6:00pm-9:00pm
    • Competition Committee Meeting; 6:00pm-7:30pm
    • Prop Construction; 7:30pm-9:00pm
    • All-In-One Fundraiser packet pick-up; 8:00-9:15pm
  • Friday (9/18)
    • Full Band Practice; 3:15pm-6:15pm
    • Prop Construction; 5:00pm-8:30pm
  • Saturday (9/19)
    • Prop Construction; 1:00pm-9:00pm
    • Full Band Practice; 1:00pm-9:00pm

If you normally volunteer to help the band during the game and you are not planning to make the trip to North Hall, please come out and help us with props Friday night. Most of the heavy construction is done, but we could use some help painting and tying up a lot of loose ends.

Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support.

CHS Band Staff & CHS Band Boosters

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