Virtual Class Meetings This Week

Class Meetings the week of August 31st

Only one week left before we get to see our students in person! It is going to be a great day! Our school system has done a great job preparing for our students return and I look forward to seeing our students soon. This week we will meet virtually with our students via Google Classroom and Google Meets. The Google Classroom codes are below if students need them. We will meet Monday – Friday the week of August 31 for 30 minute meetings via Google Meets at the following times. Meetings will allow us to discuss review items, but also help prepare the students for the school’s COVID guidelines and expectations. I look forward to seeing our students tomorrow!

  • 8:30am – 1st Block Wind Ensemble • uikwitm
  • 10:00am – 2nd Block Symphonic Band • uzsynww • Concert Band • 4onkvbe
  • 11:30am – 3rd Block
  • 1:30pm – 4th Block Percussion • y7uqefe • Colorguard • hkr2jp3

Reminder – This week’s game was rescheduled

The game versus Cedartown was rescheduled for us to compete against Collins Hill and moved to September 5. Unfortunately, this means that the band will not travel. Since it was rescheduled to Saturday, we will not schedule anything for this game. Although we will not travel to the Newnan game, we are still planning a get together for our students for that game and all other regularly scheduled away games.

After school Rehearsals this week

  • Monday: Percussion from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Colorguard from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday:
    • Percussion/Flute/Clarinet/Trumpet/Mellophone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Colorguard/All Saxophones and Bass Clarinets /Trombone/Baritone/Sousaphone from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Eat at Moe’s on Tuesday!

Our spirit night for Moe’s is this week! Tuesday, September 1. A percentage of all proceeds from the sales on Tuesday night between 5pm – 9pm will be donated to our band. This is a great time for our parents to get to know each other! We will also have the Band Shoppe setup in the lobby that night for all of your spirit wear.

Want to Purchase a Show Shirt?

Kelly Hansen has started a pre-order option for our Show Shirts through the Band Shoppe. She also has a few other spirit wear options available. Please contact Kelly to place an order.

A look at the following week

  • Monday, September 7, Labor Day! – No School
  • Tuesday, September 8 – After school practice 3:45pm – 6:15pm
  • Thursday, September 10 – Evening practice 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Friday, September 11 – Band Event to watch the away game together (details pending)

Safety Precautions Continue

Parents, thank you for continuing to go over these precautions with your child to help us to ensure all of our children’s safety.

Student Arrival

  • Students should report to the marching field with their equipment at the appropriate time wearing an acceptable face covering, which include masks, face shields, gaiters, etc. and proper athletic attire – hats, sunglasses, shorts, t-shirt, socks, and shoes.
  • The band room will open 30 minutes before the start of rehearsal. Any students who need to enter the band room for equipment will follow the following procedures:
    • Receive hand sanitizer at the door and continue wearing a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • Students will enter the band room at the front of the building and will line up on the blue tape (measuring 6 feet)
    • Students will exit the band room from the nearest alternative exit and will not exit the front of the building.
      • Alternative exits – hallway (winds), garage (large instruments/percussion), and upstairs (colorguard)
  • All students need a personal water bottle, preferably one that will keep their water cold. Something similar to the quart sized igloo water cooler is highly recommended. Although we will refrain from using the water fountains, we will allow access to the bottle filling stations so that students may refill their water cooler. We have 2 stations. Students will line up on the tapes to use the water station and exit via the hallway door. Please arrive with your water bottle filled to limit the need to use the filler stations. Students will not have access to the ice machine.
  • If on the band practice field please enter the band field via the bridge and receive hand sanitizer upon arrival.
  • If in the stadium, please enter by the gate closest to the band room and receive hand sanitizer as you enter the stadium.
  • Please do not arrive too early or late – we have staggered start and ending times to help ease the congestion created when we all started and stopped together. This is an effort to assist social distancing during these times.


  • It is highly encouraged for all students to take equipment home each day when possible to limit the traffic inside the band room as much as possible. All instruments are welcome to go home, but we understand some may be too large to transport everyday.
  • Any equipment that needs to be returned to the band room will be done in the same procedure as when students arrive.
    • Receive hand sanitizer at the door and continue wearing a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • Students will enter the band room at the front of the building and will line up on the blue tape (measuring 6 feet)
    • Students will exit the band room from the nearest alternative exit and will not exit the front of the building.
      • Alternative exits – hallway (winds), garage (large instruments/percussion), and upstairs (colorguard)
  • Please be sure to have a ride within 15 minutes of your dismissal time. In an effort to assist social distancing it is important that students do not hang out for an extended period of time after their practice is completed.

Other important notes

  • Anyone who has knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks should not participate.
  • Staff and students will be screened upon arrival and throughout the camps for signs of illness, such as fever over 100.4 ºF, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. It is important if you have symptoms to stay home and monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen or are severe.
  • Students who may show symptoms after arrival will be quarantined on campus until a parent can pick them up. If the student drove to rehearsal, a parent will be contacted and a parent will be contacted and arrangements will be made for them to return home.
  • Unnecessary visitors are prohibited and parents should remain in their vehicles while dropping off or picking up students.
  • Parents who need to visit the band room, should only visit the area closest to Ms. Dothard’s desk in the lobby.
  • Staff and students who enter the building will be required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times while in the building in addition to trying to maintain proper social distance.

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Band Health Class – Please finish by Labor Day

Students have been working diligently all summer for the band health class which is completed online. Your child hasn’t started?! No worries, there is still time, but they need to start NOW. Many students have already completed the entire class! WAY TO GO! More information about the class can be found here. The class code is the code at the end of the title. Students use that code after signing in to Google Classroom ( to gain access to the class content.

With the extension of the summer, we need to plan on having this class finished before Labor Day. Right now students may retake any exam to get a better grade, but after Labor Day students may only retake an exam that they did not pass. Students will be much happier not having to worry about the health class on top of their other studies.

Calendar changes

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We have decided to cancel our Legacy of Champions Marching Competition that was scheduled for October 10, 2020. Historically, we would have around 15 bands signed up for the competition by this time of the year and we had zero due to the current conditions. This is a result of many of the neighboring counties not allowing their bands to travel for any reason and a couple of the counties in our region deciding to not field a competition show this season.

The second calendar change involves October 3. Mr. Carr had planned on attending the Superbowl of Sound at Central this year on October 3, and they have moved their date to November 7. Our 2 dates for marching competitions now on the calendar are October 24 and November 7. We are still looking for a venue for the 24th, but the calendar has been changed to reflect the changes.

Thank you so much for reading the updates and for your continued support of our band program. We will continue to work together to make this the best year possible for our students! They deserve our diligence, patience, and optimism to as we consider all of our options moving forward. I look forward to starting school virtually this week and in person next week! Onward and upward! and GO TROJANS!

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