Another school year has come to a close and for many of you it is the culmination of your lifetime thus far and a celebration of achieving one of life’s great milestones, high school graduation! The journey that began for you in Kindergarten was celebrated last Friday night, along with a reminder that the journey continues. You’ve got this!
The time has come that we finally say goodbye. At many of our ceremonies throughout the year it has been made easier to know that the next day you would still walk through the door and we’d get to see you in class. You’d get to continue mentoring the others in our band program and do your best to leave a legacy that will forever impact the traditions of our band program. But that final ceremony of your schooling career in which we honored your dedication and perseverance happened last Friday night. I hope that if you have’t already, that you take a minute to pause and reflect on what a great journey it has been. We are blessed in our lives to be able to celebrate many milestones, and this is certainly one to celebrate!
I guess since this is your last one, it is time to say Good… Luck! Goodbye seems too permanent. I want you to know that we value the impact that you have made one our band program and on our school and we hope that you will return to visit while continuing to support your band. I hope that when you return you will find everything in a better place and realize that we were able to accomplish the continued growth because of the example that you were and the legacy that you worked so hard to continue.
One of my favorite graduation speeches was made by Jim Carey. I recommend you watch it on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2rVDCrt6QY. The point that he makes when speaking about his father was that his father decided to take the path that was most “secure,” one that would be best to provide for his family. Mr. Carey said that his father had other dreams but was worried about the risks associated with them so he made the “safe” decision to be an accountant. Unfortunately, his father was laid off from that job and it created a difficult life for him and his family. Mr. Carey then says, “I have learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” Good, right? There are many other profound things that he says during that speech. Check it out, you’ll be glad that you did.
We are so proud of you! We cannot wait to see you again after you’ve experience the next chapter of your life. Please keep in touch, and share your stories with us. Remember that your band family still loves you and will be cheering you on as you reach for your dreams. Yes, you still have many more challenging roads ahead of you, but you’re ready to face them and God will help you navigate them if you allow him to. You also have many wonderful friends still here at CHS that will continue to provide love and encouragement along the way.
So, Good Luck! God Speed! Onward and Upward! Keep your chin up and continue to walk tall. You did it and are on to bigger and better things! Proud to be a Trojan and proud of you all!
Week at a Glance:
- Monday • Rookie Spring Training • 4:00pm – 6:00pm • School owned instrument check-in this week
- Tuesday • 1st and 3rd block exams • Early release 12:30pm
- Rookie Spring Training • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
- Wednesday • Last day of the school year • 2nd and 4th block exams • Early release 12:30pm
- Thursday • Post planning • No School
- Friday • Post Planning • No School • Last day to check in all school owned instruments (instrument may be checked back out).
- Last day to register for the 4th of July Parade • Students from Class of 2022 through Class of 2026 are invited to participate (current seniors through rising 9th graders) • Required for all 2022 Trojan Band members who will be in town.
Commitment Fee and Forms Past Due
The commitment fee for the 2022 Trojan Marching Band and the required forms were due last week on Friday, May 20. Because that was a very busy week for all of us, we are still accepting forms and payments without penalty through the end of this week, May 27. Note however that we will have a shortened day on Friday. The band room will only be open from 8:00AM – 11:00AM before our faculty luncheon.
Golf Tournament • 6/3/22
We need your help! Please spread the word to help us recruit golfers for the tournament. Last year the greens at Oak Mountain had just been aerated, but the greens look great right now. Golfers can register a 4 person team at http://chstrojanbandboosters.square.site
Please share this graphic on your social media to help us to spread the word about the tournament.
4th of July Parade • Sign-Up Today
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Please refer to http://www.chstrojanband.com/calendar for a full list of upcoming events/activities:
- 5.23 Rookie Spring Training
- 5.24 Exams – early release • Rookie Spring Training
- 5.25 Exams – early release • Last day of School
- 6.3 CHS Scramble Band Golf Tournament
- 6. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 Guard Summer Practices
- 6. 9, 16, 23, 30 Percussion Summer Practices
- 6.27 Annual Guard BBQ
- 7.1 4th of July Parade Practice
- 7.4 4th of July Parade
- 7.18 – 22 Band Camp Week 1 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
- 7.25 – 29 Band Camp Week 2 (8:00am – 9:00pm)
Did you miss the meeting Recap?
Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting onThursday, April 28. There was a lot of information covered. Here is a quick recap:
2022 – 2023 Band Handbook • Very important information. Information about the calendar, fees, required forms, and member expectations. Please review ASAP and submit the requested information.
- All Forms Due May 20, 2022
- First Payment Due May 20, 2022 • $100 for Winds/Percussion • $175 for Guard • https://carrolltonhs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=33
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