Month: November 2018

Coast to Coast Parades in One Week: Memories in the Making

Wow! What an amazing experience we had traveling to Hollywood, CA!  It was many of our students’ first time flying, an opportunity for many students to practice budgeting, time management, navigating unfamiliar locations, and a memorable experience for all.

We had the opportunity to fly across the country, visit many famous locations in Hollywood including the Farmers Market (where a student had an opportunity to meet Weird Al Yankovich), the Egyptian, Chinese, and Dolby theaters, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Griffith Observatory, and view the Hollywood Sign.  The students spent a full day at Universal Studios, toured the Grammy Museum, ate lunch near the Staples Center while Lakers fans were preparing for the basketball game, marched in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, visited the San Diego Zoo and Silver Strand State Beach.

Each day had a full itinerary and I am so proud of how the students handled themselves.  We received multiple compliments from the flight crews, hotel staff, and restaurant employees about our students demonstrating class, respect, and dignity.  Our students represented our community proudly and I cannot wait for the airing of the parade so that our nation can celebrate our students’ hard work!

The Hollywood Christmas Parade was a spectacular event 3.5 miles long and lined with spectators the entire route about 4-5 people deep! It began with a grand stand section that surrounded a red carpet the width of the street and was complete with search lights and movie stars!  Be sure to tune in to the CW on December 14 at 8:00PM to catch our performance.

We had many parent chaperones who were outstanding on the trip! They allowed our students responsibilities to provide growth, provided assistance with supervision, logistics, encouragement, praise, and kept our students safe in all environments.  We are blessed with the best village a parent could ask for and I am so thankful for all who generously share their time to nurture our students!  Thank you for  a great trip!

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Welcome back home to Carrollton! Now we get to show our community the enthusiasm that we shared with the nation.  We have 2 more parades to go this week!


Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Antico who drove our equipment across the country, spent their time with us in Hollywood, and departed the morning after the parade so tobring our equipment back hom in time for our Carrollton Parade.  Please pray for their safe travels as they are still on their way home.  We are so blessed by their continued support and willingness to volunteer for our band program even though their son graduated 14 years ago!



Carrollton Holiday Wishes Parade • Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • Load instruments during class
  • 4:00PM Report in Uniform
  • 4:30PM Depart for parade
  • 5:30PM Parade begins
  • approx 6:30PM  Return to the band room


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Parade • Saturday, December 1, 2018

  • 7:15AM Load Instruments
  • 7:45AM Report in Uniform
  • 8:00AM Depart for Atlanta
  • 9:15AM Line Up for Parade
  • 10:30AM Step off – we are #41 in the parade
  • 12:00PM Depart for the Varsity: Please bring money for lunch at the Varsity ($10 will be plenty.)
  • 12:30PM Eat lunch
  • 1:30PM Depart for CHS
  • 2:30PM Arrive back at CHS


Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of our Trojan Band families and our community a Happy Thanksgiving! Carrollton is a very special place thanks to the village who continue to make our children and their education a priority. Our band family is blessed by those who continually pour their efforts into our children. Thank you to all of the band moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, and friends who make our program special!

We have news that Mr. Antico arrived safely in San Diego and is enjoying his Thanksgiving with family.

Quick reminder that our report time for Hollywood travelers is 3:00AM. Pack some food for your trip just in case security takes longer than planned. You may have a brief minute to grab a snack at the terminal before your flight, but that depends on how quickly we can check our bags and navigate the security checkpoint. It is going to be an awesome trip! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you Veterans!

We are so thankful for the men and women who have made a commitment to our country by serving in our military. Without their dedication and sacrifices our lives would not be the same. Thank you for serving our country to make this a better place for all of us!

What a great win for the Trojan Football team at Riverview on Friday night! It was cold and nasty, but our Trojan fans were awesome as always. Our band performed a half time show in honor of our Veterans! I appreciate all of you that helped make the show a success by assisting with our awesome American flag! We are excited to host Loganville this Friday night at Grisham Stadium! Come on out and cheer on your Trojans!

A couple of important events are happening this week, so please make sure you read this post in its entirety.

  • Monday – Veterans Day Concert at 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday – Hollywood Parade Practice – 3:45 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday – Full Band Rehearsal – 3:45 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday – MANDATORY Pre-Trip Meeting – 6:00 pm
  • Friday – Playoff Game against Loganville – 7:30 pm
  • Friday – All in One pick up – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday – All in One pick up – 9:00 am – Noon

Maybe that is more than a couple of things!

Veterans Day Concert

Join us Monday night, November 12th at 7:00 pm for a special concert honoring our Veterans!

It will be an evening full of music! Yes, we worked on marching band all semester, learned some chamber music and jazz selections, but we’ve also prepared a wonderful concert for all. It will feature all 3 concert bands, 1 jazz selection played by our Summer Jazz Band, our marching band, and a pretty awesome guitar solo. I think that you’ll have a great time! We hope that you’ll join us!

Students will wear their formal attire to this concert. I know that some of our attire that was ordered earlier this year had not quite arrived by Friday. It should be here tomorrow. If for some reason it is not here, then please wear something as close to all black attire that you have.

Report times:

  • Concert Band 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm in band room (welcome to go home need to be back by 6:30PM for sound check on stage)
  • Symphonic Band 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm on stage (welcome to go home, need to be back by 6:45PM)
  • Wind Ensemble 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm on stage (welcome to go home before your rehearsal, please be back in time for your rehearsal)

Hollywood Trip Meeting

There is a MANDATORY meeting Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 pm in the Don Hall Band Room. We will discuss details of packing, flights, itinerary, expectations, etc. Parents and students joining us on the Hollywood trip are REQUIRED to attend this important meeting.

HOME Playoff Game against Loganville

We are at home this Friday night! Go Trojans!

  • 6:15PM Report in Uniform (Students need to have eaten dinner before arriving)
  • 6:45PM Performance in the CHAMP
  • 7:00PM Pre-game
  • 7:30PM Kick Off

All in One Pick Up

We have a few specific areas of need for the All in One pick up. We need some strong individuals to assist in unloading the trucks on Friday morning at 7:30 AM. If you can help at that time, please meet in the Tabernacle Baptist Church parking lot to assist! We will need people to sign up and help distribute the fruit and meat. Please see the following link to sign up to volunteer!

Friday Sign up

Saturday Sign Up

Trojan Band Update Week of 11/4/18

Chili Cook – Off Big Success!

Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered and made our inaugural chili-cook-off a success! Many students commented that this is their favorite concert that they have participated in so far and many parents mentioned that they enjoyed their evening as well. What a fun way to bring everyone together and allow our students to showcase what they have been learning during class!

Friday night was an outstanding night celebrating our seniors. Our team won 50-0 and we had a spirited dance party in the band room following the game. This senior class continues to lead our band program to new heights through their composure and class. I am so glad that there are still plenty of events ahead to enjoy and celebrate our seniors.

Hollywood Trip


The trip is approaching quickly!

Travelers will be allowed to check 1 bag and bring 1 carry on on the flights. Marching Uniforms and Instruments will be loaded on the trailer on Saturday, November 17. Mr. Antico is driving our van and trailer to Hollywood for us. If you see him, please give him a great big HIGH 5 or a hug and say THANK YOU! We are so blessed that he continues to volunteer for our band program. Thank you Mr. Antico for the support that you provide all of us! We love you!

There will be a MANDATORY pre-trip meeting for EVERYONE (parents and students) traveling to Hollywood on November 15th at 6 PM. Please make sure to put that date and time on your calendar. This has been on the Charms calendar for quite some time. If you use your phone/computer calendar please sync the Charms calendar to your device and you will always have the latest information on our band schedule.

Playoff game vs. Riverwood HS



3:30 PM Load Trailer

3:30 PM Eat Dinner

4:30 PM In Uniform

4:45 PM Depart for Riverwood

7:30 PM Kick-off

This week’s schedule

Monday – Wind Ensemble Practice 3:30PM – 6:00PM

Tuesday – Parade Practice 3:30 – 5:00PM

Thursday – Full Band 3:45PM – 5:00PM

Friday – Playoff Game Itinerary Above

Veterans Day Concert

Our Veterans Day Concert is on Monday, November 12 at 7:00PM in the Mabry Arts Center. Students will need their concert attire. Please double check that everything still fits and all pieces of the attire can be located.

We will have practices after school for our percussion to be able to run their music with the winds before the concert and allow for a sound check on stage.

  • Concert Band 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm in band room (welcome to go home need to be back by 6:30PM for sound check on stage)
  • Symphonic Band 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm on stage (welcome to go home, need to be back by 6:45PM)
  • Wind Ensemble 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm on stage (welcome to go home before your rehearsal, please be back in time for your rehearsal)

Students are required to help set up or clean up as part of their concert grade.

All in One Pick Up

Thank you to all those that participated in our All in One fundraiser. The items will be available for pickup Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th. We will needs lots of volunteers to help set up and distribute items. Please go to the following links to sign up: