New York City Wrap Up & The Next Couple of Weeks

After a 10 year hiatus, the Trojan Band returned to New York City!  Students and chaperones had the opportunity to visit Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, One World Observatory, Ground Zero Memorial Park, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, Central Park, the Dakota, Strawberry Fields, the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River Cruise, Times Square, Napels 45, Lincoln Tunnel,  saw Wicked on Broadway in the Gershwin Theater, and pulled the flag on board the USS Intrepid!  The students represented our community with class and our chaperones did a fantastic job keeping our students safe in the big city!  Accompanied by our principal, David Brooks and his family, we experienced an unforgettable trip.

No trip is complete without an occasional mishap! We certainly have some stories – thankfully our travelers who were affected by the unpredictable travel challenges and volunteered to get off the plane, were compensated for their generosity, and took it in stride.  They handled themselves like true professionals and were shining examples to our students of how to handle disappointing circumstances.  We were blessed with Mark Drury and Bryan Cole of Super Holiday Tours, who did a terrific job minimizing any of the effects of the travel conditions and keeping our tour on time and organized.  They even found a way to get it to stop pouring just in time for us to see the beautiful view from the 102nd floor of One World Observatory.  Our view even included a beautiful rainbow across the city!

Thank you to all of the parents who sacrificed to make this trip a reality for our students.  When I asked how many students had never been to New York about 100 of the students raised their hands and it was the first time flying for about 15-20 of our students!  We were extremely blessed by a few anonymous benefactors who significantly helped some of our students make the trip – if I am speaking to you, THANK YOU!  Carrollton is a special community and we are blessed by your generosity.  Experiencing Wicked while watching our students’ reactions to the performance was the highlight of my trip. Witnessing them stare in awe, laugh at all the right times, demonstrate first class concert etiquette, and jump to their feet at the end of the performance for a standing ovation was evidence that their lives have been forever changed by this experience.  This was definitely a trip for the memory books.  I am confident that our students will cherish their time together for the rest of their lives.  Thank you for helping to make the trip possible!

We have finally finished uploading the videos of our performance, captured by Mr. Brad Ashley, to our YouTube Channel. We hope you enjoy them!

New York City Performance ~ 2017 Playlist:

Now that we are back home, we have to prepare to finish the year strong with our many upcoming activities, so please review the list below to make sure you are ready and participating in each event.

  • Band Auditions: Placement auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 3:30PM. For full details visit here: Band Auditions Page
  • Band BBQ Turn-in: We are looking forward to a great turn-in night Thursday, April 20th, 2017, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the CHS band room, but we wanted to challenge everyone to continue selling as much as possible before the turn-in night. On turn-in night, we need for everyone to bring the money they have collected, ticket stubs, and unsold tickets to be counted. If you need more tickets, please see Ms. Dothard for extras. Band BBQ volunteer sign-ups should be posted soon.
  • Spring Band Booster Meeting: Our Spring Band Booster Meeting, for boosters of current high school band students, will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Don Hall Band Room (*Please note, that due to a schedule conflict, this meeting has moved from its original date of the 20th, to this new date of the 25th). This annual meeting is always an important one as we set the stage for the coming school year/band season and vote on and recognize our new officers. Please make plans to be with us on the 25th.

Please visit our calendar for other upcoming events a little further out, like the Band Banquet, Band BBQ, Booster Work/Clean-Up Day, Concerts, Band Prom, and yes… Graduation!

The coming weeks should be action packed and fill with many opportunities to serve and support our band program.

If you have any questions, please make sure to contact Mr. Carr at:, the Band Office at 770-834-0550, or the Band Boosters at: