Month: March 2017

Happy Spring!

UPDATED: We will rehearse with the students traveling to New York on Wednesday and Friday this week and next week from 3:30-5:00 to prepare for our performance in NYC.

On this first day of Spring, I bring you good news!  Our concert bands performed at Large Group Performance Evaluations hosted at Rome High School last Thursday and received straight superior ratings!  Let me say that again – All 3 groups received SUPERIOR ratings!  More importantly, the students carried themselves professionally all day and provided the audience with memorable experiences.  I am so extremely proud of our students for their dedication to excellence and the efforts that they give daily to achieve it.


On Thursday our Wind Ensemble performs as an invited ensemble at the 2017 Music For All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University.  The performance in free to the public and we would love for parents and friends to be in the audience cheering us on.  More information about the clinic can be found here:  It is a great honor to be invited to perform at this event.  It will undoubtedly be a memorable performance that the students will cherish for their lifetimes.

Wind Ensemble Itinerary for Thursday:

  • 6:30AM Report to Carrollton HS in performance attire
  • 7:00AM Depart for GSU
  • 8:30AM Registration
  • 9:30AM Warm-Up
  • 10:45AM Performance
  • 11:30AM Clinic
  • 12:00PM Lunch – students need money for lunch (~$10) – students will have a chance to change into more conformable attire.
  • 2:15PM Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert
  • 3:30PM Master-Classes
  • 5:00PM Dinner – students need about money for dinner (~$10)
  • 7:00PM Kell High School Wind Ensemble Concert
  • 8:00PM Decatur High School Wind Ensemble Concert
  • 9:00PM Depart for CHS
  • 10:00PM Arrive back at CHS

Saturday and Sunday our Winter Guard (both JV and Varsity) competes in a SAPA Competition at Villa Rica High School.  Our Winter Guard has been performing very well this season and only has a few weekends left.  Our students would love to see you in the audience this weekend!

Winter Guard Itinerary for Saturday

  • 8:00AM JV Rehearsal
  • 9:30AM Varsity Rehearsal
  • 11:00AM Eat/Pack/Load
  • 12:00PM Depart for VRHS
  • 12:30PM Arrive/Check-In at VRHS
  • 1:42PM JV Warm-up
  • 2:06PM JV Performance
  • 2:40PM JV Retreat
  • 5:30PM Varsity Warm-Up
  • 6:29PM Varsity Performance
  • 8:00PM Varsity Retreat
  • 8:45PM Load and Depart for CHS
  • 9:15PM Arrive back at CHS

Winter Guard Itinerary for Sunday

  • 9:30 AM Report CHS
  • 10:00 AM Depart for VRHS
  • 10:30 AM Arrive/Check-In at VRHS
  • 11:43 AM JV Warm-Up
  • 12:07 PM JV Performance
  • 12:35 PM Varsity Warm-Up
  • 1:02PM Varsity Performance
  • 1:30PM Retreat
  • 2:15PM Load/Depart for CHS
  • 2:45PM Arrive back at CHS

This is the last Winter Guard competition before SAPA Championships next week in Chattanooga.  Please wish our teams GOOD LUCK as they continue to represent our school spectacularly!  If you haven’t seen their shows yet, you are missing out!


The Winter Guard is raffling tickets for an Apple Watch for $10 each.  Guard students are required to sell 2o tickets each to pay for their trip to Chattanooga and I have asked our band students to please help sell the tickets.  Students will receive 1 free raffle ticket for every 10 that they sell.  Additionally, if we reach 500 tickets sold then we will do a special drawing for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!  Only tickets earned by selling at least 10 will be entered in the gift card drawing.  May the odds be in your favor!

ONLY 16 days before NYC!!!! Are you as excited as I am??!?! We will rehearse on Wednesday and Friday with the students traveling to New York this week and next week from 3:30-5:00 to prepare for our performance in NYC.  Thank you for reading and  have a great evening!





Festival Week!

I hope that everyone had a great long weekend! Our Winter Guard had a terrific showing this weekend in SAPA competition at Ola HS.  Our JV team improved by 20 points and finished 3rd in their class and our Varsity finished 2nd!  Our teams are working very hard representing our program with class!

This week our concert bands travel on Thursday to Rome High School for Large Group Performance Evaluations (Festival).  The concerts are open to the public and free.  If you are able to be in the audience we would appreciate your support!  On Friday we have our student meeting about the trip to NYC!  This is a mandatory meeting for all traveling students – we look forward to seeing everyone on Friday.

LGPE – Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Rome HS

  • Concert Band and Symphonic Band
    • Concert band report to school in uniform, bring a change of clothes – Symphonic band should bring their uniform with them to change.
    • 7:00AM Report as stated above
    • 7:30AM Depart for Rome HS
    • 9:00AM Arrive  – Symphonic Band students watch other bands
    • 9:40AM Concert Band Warm-Up
    • 10:10AM Concert Band Performance and Sight-reading
    • 11:10AM Concert Band and Symphonic Band Depart for lunch at Cici’s Pizza (Students need money for lunch – $5.79 plus drink and tax – about $8.50) Concert Band students change before lunch
    • 12:30 PM return to RHS – Symphonic Band students dress for performance and Concert Band students watch other bands
    • 1:30 PM Symphonic Band Warm-Up
    • 2:00PM Symphonic Band Performance and Sight-reading
    • 3:00PM Depart for CHS
    • 4:30PM Arrive back at CHS students need to be picked up quickly
  • Wind Ensemble
    • Bring your concert attire with you to school – you may store this in the band room.
    • After school eat a snack to hold you over until we can eat dinner after our performance – change into your uniform before 4:00PM and wait for our arrival.  I have estimated 4:30, but if we are running early then you need to be ready to load as soon as the buses get back.
    • 4:00PM  be in full uniform ready to depart CHS
    • 4:30PM  depart for Rome HS
    • 6:00PM  arrive at Rome HS
    • 6:40PM Warm-Up
    • 7:20PM Performance and Sight-reading
    • 8:20PM Depart for Dinner at Cici’s Pizza in Rome (Students need money for dinner – $5.79 plus drink and tax – about $8.50)
    • 9:30PM Depart for Carrollton HS
    • 11:00PM return to CHS

Friday – Trip meeting for all traveling students.  Starts at 6:00PM and should last about an hour.  Reimbursement checks for overpayment will be available at this meeting as well.

It is going to be a great week!  GO TROJANS!!!