Month: March 2018

Auditions, BBQ, & Trip Info

Auditions, BBQ & Trip Info… & Did I hear SPRING BREAK! Ready, Set, GO!!!

I know it doesn’t feel like it today, but Spring Break is almost here! One more week….


Trojan Band Barbecue

It is almost Spring, and that means, time for the annual Trojan Band Barbecue! This is one of my favorite events!

  • May 3, 2018
  • Visitors’ Concession Stand of Grisham Stadium
  • Students are required to sell 30 tickets to this event. If students do not sell tickets, a donation of $175 is requested. Selling tickets is easier than you think! Sell tickets at your work, to your family, neighbors, teachers, and local businesses. Our community knows about this and is just waiting for your to ASK.
  • Tickets will be available soon!
  • Make plans to volunteer at this awesome fundraiser!
  • We will have a planning meeting THIS Tuesday at 5:30 pm, the location is to be determined. Please join us and help us make this the BEST, most successful BBQ yet!

Band Auditions

Auditions are this Tuesday, March 27. Students should have received an etude and should perform their etude, scales, and sight-reading for the audition. For a full break down of the audition process please visit https://chstrojanband.com/bandauditions.

The auditions are important to ensure that we are serving our students in the appropriate band class. As you know we have three amazing concert bands that all come together to create our Trojan Band! The Concert Band is an on level high school band, the Symphonic Band is an accelerated high school band experience, and the Wind Ensemble closely resembles a collegiate band experience. By preparing concerts in smaller ensembles, we are able to increase personal responsibility and expose our students to more literature that is appropriate for their skill level. Additionally, it allows more students to exercise leadership potential in their respective ensembles by performing solos and leading their sections.

Auditions will take place after school and will involve our current 8th -11th graders. Students are welcome to warm-up and practice with one another in the band room before their auditions. Eighth Graders are welcome to report right after school and either practice with some of our current high school students before auditioning, or get in line and be heard at the next available audition time. Our goal is to finish all auditions by 6:00PM. Students are welcome to go home once they are finished auditioning. A phone is available in the band room if your child needs to call you when they are finished.


Congratulations to our Winter Guard!!

Our Winter Guard competed at Kell yesterday and placed 2nd with their highest score of the season, 82.3! Way to go, Winter Guard!!!


Hollywood Trip Reminders!

All travelers need to have paid $459 each so far toward their trip.

We have been having some delays with Super Holiday Tours posting payments made with cash or check. As a result, we will begin to track cash and check payments through Charms, like we did with the trip to New York. We hope that this will resolve some frustration that keep coming up with accounts and payments.

We need ALL travelers need to register on the Super Holiday Tours Website at www.superholiday.com and going to Online Trip Registration. Our trip code is: CHS30117-18B. Please complete that registration ASAP! All the accounting for the trip is being done by them so they need you to register so they can apply the funds you have paid to your account.

  1. Super Holiday Tours Payment Deadlines & Suggested Monthly Payment Schedule:
  2. Payment ScheduleOriginal $50 per person deposit, most travelers have already paid, DUE BY February 23, 2018 to confirm group reservations. ​(non refundable)
    1. $419.00 per person deposit DUE BY March 23, 2018
    2. $419.00 per person deposit DUE BY May 23, 2018
    3. $419.00 per person deposit DUE BY August 23, 2018
    4. $433.00 Balance for students and whatever is left for adults (will vary based on single or double occupancy)DUE BY October 23, 2018
    1. If you would like to pay monthly, which for many is easier to manage your payment schedule should be:
      1. February per person $188 + original $50 deposit ($238 total for Feb.)
      2. March per person $188
      3. April per person $188
      4. May per person $188
      5. June per person $188
      6. July per person $188
      7. August per person $188
      8. September per person $188
      9. October per person $186

    2. Payments may be made with cash or check to Carrollton High School Band Boosters and placed in the safe in Mr. Bright’s office or the Band Booster Box. ALL envelopes should be labeled with:

    • Student’s name
    • Adult’s name (those traveling with us)
    • Amount enclosed

    3. Payments may also be made by credit card directly with the travel company. Please see the attached link for instructions for using the Super Holiday Tours website. The $50 deposits that have been made for all registered travelers have been sent and will be added to the travel company website over the next few days.


    Dates To Remember!

    • March 27 – Band Auditions
    • March 27 – Band Barbecue Planning Meeting
    • April 7-8 – Winter Guard SAPA Championships in Chattanooga, TN
    • April 19 – General Band Booster Spring Meeting
    • April 26 – Orientation for 8th grade band parents
    • May 1 – Band Banquet and Awards (This event is for Band students and their parents)
    • May 3 – Band Barbecue
    • May 8 – Spring Concert
    • May 12 – Band Prom

    If you have any questions, please make sure to 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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    Much to Celebrate

    Large Group Performance Evaluation Recap:

    Thank you to everyone who made it out to the performing arts center to support our students! In addition to many supportive friends and parents, it was great to see Mr. McClendon and Mr. Hall in the audience for some of our performances! We are so fortunate that they continue to live in our community and serve as a supportive resource to our staff and students. Also, it was special to look out in the audience and see our administrators in attendance! Amidst their complex schedule of supporting all of our programs at Carrollton City Schools, Mr. David Brook and Dr. Mark Albertus found time to support our band students. The reward is in sharing our music with you! Thank you to all who were in attendance to support our students and allowed us to share our music!

    What amazing performances by all three of our ensembles! Concert Band continues to show incredible growth and were led by our student teacher to excellent ratings on stage. They received a 1, 2, 2 on stage and a 1 in sight-reading! It was an exciting performance.

    Mr. Bright led our Symphonic Band to receive a 1, 1, 1 on stage and a 1 in sight-reading! This was the Symphonic Band’s most challenging program at LGPE to date and was a memorable performance.

    Our Wind Ensemble led by Mr. Carr also received a 1, 1, 1 on stage and a 1 in sight-reading! Additionally, this was the first time that the ensemble received a perfect 45/45 A’s in all captions. The students’ attention to detail continues to improve daily. We all look forward to starting new music on Monday.

    I am so glad that we provide three ensembles to allow more of our students an opportunity to practice leadership! What remarkable performances! Many colleagues commended us on our student’s performance! So proud to be a Trojan!


    Congratulations CHS Winter Guard

    Our Winter Guard competed Saturday at Flowery Branch Invitational. They placed 1st with a score of 79.97 in the Scholastic A Class. These girls are having a fantastic season and we are so proud of them!

    They are selling Raffle Tickets for a 50 inch Smart TV in preparation for their trip to SAPA Championships in Chattanooga, TN. Tickets are $10 each and the winner will be drawn on April 7th at the SAPA Championships! See any of our amazing, talented Winter Guard members for your tickets!!


    Please welcome our new Carrollton Middle School Band Director: Mr. Leland Alexander

    Photo of Mr. Alexander at Walt Disney World with the Carrollton Band in 2015.

    Mr. Leland Alexander returns to Carrollton as the Carrollton Middle School Band Director. After graduating from the University of West Georgia, Leland served as the Assistant Band Director at Eagles Landing Christian Academy for one year and then took a job in Commerce, Georgia as the Band Director at Commerce High School. While at Commerce, Mr. Alexander increased participation in the band and achieved many accolades with his students. We are very excited about Mr. Alexander returning to our team full time as we prepare for next season and years to come!!!


    Trip Reminders!

    I hope that those of you going on this amazing trip have begun paying for it! Don’t let the deadlines sneak up on you! Super Holiday Tours has 4 deadlines for payments, and one is quickly approaching! March 23rd due date to have $459 paid on each account! Remember, you have already paid $50 as a deposit, so you will need to have paid an additional $419 by March 23rd. Super Holiday Tours will be handling delinquent accounts this time.

    ALL travelers need to register on the Super Holiday Tours Website at www.superholiday.com and going to Online Trip Registration. Our trip code is: CHS30117-18B. Please complete that registration ASAP! All the accounting for the trip is being done by them so they need you to register so they can apply the funds you have paid to your account.


    Trojan Band Barbecue

    It is almost Spring, and that means, time for the annual Trojan Band Barbecue! This is one of my favorite events!

    • May 3, 2018
    • Visitors’ Concession Stand of Grisham Stadium
    • Students are required to sell 30 tickets to this event. If students do not sell tickets, a donation of $150 is expected. Selling tickets is easier than you think! Sell tickets at your work, to your family, neighbors, teachers, and local businesses. Our community knows about this and is just waiting for your to ASK.
    • Tickets will be available soon!
    • Make plans to volunteer at this awesome fundraiser!

    Dates To Remember!

    • March 23 – Hollywood Trip Payment Due
    • March 27 – Band Auditions
    • March 27 – Band Barbecue Planning Meeting
    • April 19 – General Band Booster Spring Meeting
    • April 26 – Orientation for 8th grade band parents
    • May 1 – Band Banquet and Awards (This event is for Band students and their parents)
    • May 3 – Band Barbecue
    • May 8 – Spring Concert
    • May 12 – Band Prom

    If you have any questions, please make sure to 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

    Eventful Week Ahead

    Itineraries for this week –

    • Monday
      • Symphonic Band Rehearsal 3:30PM-5:00PM
      • Winter Guard 4:00PM – 9:00PM
    • Thursday
      • Winter Guard 4:00PM – 9:00PM

    Wind Ensemble • Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Please complete this form by Tuesday, March 13th at 9:00 PM. Thank you! Please turn in your $5.00 to Ms. Dothard by Wednesday, March 14th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZFLasg2oUaQh3zsO5lDj9hvwth-uWyCwarpJdXuww2w/edit

    • Report/Dinner: 4:00 PM
    • In attire by: 5:15 PM
    • Depart: 5:30 PM
    • Arrive: 5:40 PM
    • Warm-Up: 6:40 PM
    • Performance: 7:20 PM
    • Return for home: 8:20 PM
    • Arrive at CHS: 8:30 PM

    Concert Band • Friday, March 16, 2018

    Students need $7.00 for lunch at American Pie. Please bring exact change.

    • Report in concert attire at: 8:25 AM and LOAD instruments
    • Depart: 9:00 AM
    • Arrive: 9:30 AM
    • Warm-Up: 10:30 AM
    • Performance: 11:00 AM
    • Depart for lunch:12:00 PM
    • Lunch will be at American Pie: $7.00. Please bring exact change to pay Mr. Carr on Friday. Money will be collected on the way to American Pie and we will pay as 1 group.
    • Arrive at CHS: 1:30 PM

    Symphonic Band • Friday, March 16, 2018

    Please complete this form by Tuesday, March 13th at 9:00 PM. Thank you! Please turn in your $5.00 to Ms. Dothard by Wednesday, March 14th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZFLasg2oUaQh3zsO5lDj9hvwth-uWyCwarpJdXuww2w/edit

    • Report/Dinner: 4:00 PM
    • In attire by: 5:15 PM
    • Depart: 5:30 PM
    • Arrive: 5:40 PM
    • Warm-Up: 6:40 PM
    • Performance: 7:20 PM
    • Return for home: 8:20 PM
    • Arrive at CHS: 8:30 PM

    Our Winter Guard competes this Saturday at Flowery Branch High School as they continue their SAPA Competition schedule. At their previous competition which was held at McEachern HS in the WGI Circuit they made finals and performed again on Saturday! Then captured 3rd place overall at the Atlanta Regional! If you see one of our Winter Guard members, please congratulate them on their fantastic season so far!

    They will be selling Raffle Tickets for a Smart TV soon in preparation for their trip to SAPA Championships in Chattanooga, TN.


    • Are you going on the Hollywood trip? Is your student? Have you signed up for the Trip Remind? Text @2018holl to 81010
    • Have you registered on the Super Holiday Tours Website? Trip Code: CHS30117-18B
    • Each traveler must have paid $459 by March 23rd!

    Trip Reminders!

    I hope that those of you going on this amazing trip have begun paying for it! Don’t let the deadlines sneak up on you! Super Holiday Tours has 4 deadlines for payments, and one is quickly approaching! March 23rd due date to have $459 paid on each account! Remember, you have already paid $50 as a deposit, so you will need to have paid an additional $419 by March 23rd. Super Holiday Tours will be handling delinquent accounts this time.

    ALL travelers need to register on the Super Holiday Tours Website at www.superholiday.com and going to Online Trip Registration. Our trip code is: CHS30117-18B. Please complete that registration ASAP! All the accounting for the trip is being done by them so they need you to register so they can apply the funds you have paid to your account.


    Band Barbecue

    The Band Barbecue is one of our primary fundraisers for the general band booster funds. These funds are used throughout the year to provide transportation, props, food, insurance, etc. We will have a BBQ planning meeting March 27th at 6:30 pm in the a location to be determined. Please join us and help us plan the best BBQ yet!


    Upcoming Fundraiser

    We will have a Coca Cola Fundraiser starting in mid May. It will be for individuals going on the Hollywood Trip to earn funds that will be applied directly to their trip accounts.


    Dates To Remember!

    • Carrollton City Schools LGPE Schedule
      • Tuesday March 13 • CJHS 7th Grade @ 5:00PM
      • Wednesday, March 14 • CJHS 8th Grade @ 6:00PM
      • Thursday, March 15 • CHS Wind Ensemble @ 7:20PM
      • Friday, March 16 • CHS Concert Band @ 11:00AM
      • Friday, March 16 • CHS Symphonic Band @ 7:20PM
    • March 23 – Hollywood Trip Payment Due
    • March 27 – Band Auditions
    • March 27 – Band Barbecue Planning Meeting
    • April 19 – General Band Booster Spring Meeting
    • April 26 – Orientation for 8th grade band parents
    • May 1 – Band Banquet and Awards (This event is for Band students and their parents)
    • May 3 – Band Barbecue
    • May 8 – Spring Concert
    • May 12 – Band Prom

    If you have any questions, please make sure to 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

    Happy Marching Band Day! #MarchFourth

    Today, March 4th, is Marching Band Day! Celebrate today by marching forward somehow in your life. Today is DAY ONE rather than one day. Today is as good a day as any to finally get that project done. Love this Trojan Band!!


    This Week’s Schedule

    •  MondaySymphonic Band Rehearsal 3:30pm – 5:00pm
      • Winter Guard rehearsal 4:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Tuesday: Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Last one! We will not rehearse next week. Mr. Carr will be at LGPE with our 7th Graders)
    • Thursday: Winter Guard rehearsal 4:00pm – 9:00pm

    I hope that those of you going on this amazing trip have begun paying for it! Don’t let the deadlines sneak up on you! Super Holiday Tours has 4 deadlines for payments, and one is quickly approaching! March 23rd is the due date to have $459 paid on each account! Remember, you have already paid $50 as a deposit, so you will need to have paid an additional $419 by March 23rd. Super Holiday Tours will be handling delinquent accounts this time.

    ALL travelers need to register on the Super Holiday Tours Website at www.superholiday.com and going to Online Trip Registration. Our trip code is: CHS30117-18B. Please complete that registration ASAP! All the accounting for the trip is being done by them so they need you to register so they can apply the funds you have paid to your account.


    Congratulations to the CHS Winter Guard! They competed at the Atlanta Color Guard Regionals and placed 5th in their division! Great work ladies! You make us very proud!


    Upcoming Dates To Remember!

    Daylight Savings begins Sunday, March 11- Don’t Forget to set your clocks!

    • Carrollton City Schools LGPE Schedule
      • Tuesday March 13 • CJHS 7th Grade @ 5:30PM
      • Wednesday, March 14 • CJHS 8th Grade @ 6:00PM
      • Thursday, March 15 • CHS Wind Ensemble @ 7:20PM
      • Friday, March 16 • CHS Concert Band @ 11:00AM
      • Friday, March 16 • CHS Symphonic Band @ 7:20PM
    • March 23 – Hollywood Trip Payment Due
    • April 19 – General Band Booster Spring Meeting
    • April 26 – Orientation for 8th grade band parents
    • May 1 – Band Banquet and Awards (This event is for Band students and their parents)
    • May 3 – Band Barbecue
    • May 8 – Spring Concert
    • May 12 – Band Prom

    If you have any questions, please make sure to 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

    Trojan Band Shoppe – Announcing New Items

    The CHS Trojan Band Boosters are excited to introduce several new items that have been added to the Trojan Band Shoppe department of the Band Booster web store!

    Two new styles of hoodie and crewneck sweatshirts are now available for embroidery. Color options available for both crewneck and hoodies will include Black, Charcoal gray, and Ash gray. Adult small to 5XL sizing is available with your choice of one of four left chest embroidery options OR an ALL NEW full front design!!

    Any time, any day!

    New full front design: color Ash gray sweatshirt


    We are also very pleased to introduce a newly designed color guard embroidery option now available in the online store!

    See them all here: https://chstrojanband.revtrak.net/Spiritwear/#/list

    Introducing embroidery option number 4! We hope you like it!

    As always, THANK YOU for your continued support of the Trojan Band Shoppe as we strive to raise funds to support our band students and display our support of this great program!

    Direct your Trojan Band Shoppe related questions to: trojanbandshoppe1@gmail.com